TALLULAH FALLS, Ga.—Faridah Nalunkuuma (Kampala, Uganda) led the Agnes Scott Scotties to a finish in the top half of the USA South Conference Championships, hosted by Piedmont College, on Saturday morning. The Scottie senior ran a career-best 24:07 in the 6K event, which was good enough for ninth overall and helped Agnes to seventh in the team standings.
Nalunkuuma was one of the runners to watch in the conference meet coming into the day and she did not disappoint by running one of the top times in the USA South this season. Despite soggy conditions, the course ran fast as six different conference runners inside the top 10 sprinted to season-best times. Nalunkuuma's ninth-place finish gave Agnes Scott an All-Conference runner for the second consecutive season.
As she has for much of the season, Alyssa Willis (Apache Junction, Ariz.) shaved off well over a minute off her best time of the year for a 26:25 time and 33rd. Willis missed out on USA South Honorable Mention status by only a few places, but was named Agnes Scott's representative on the All-Sportsmanship squad.
Ellie Vergura (Atlanta, Ga.) and Isabelle Eiden (Chicago, Ill.) kept the pattern of bests going by finishing in 60th and 62nd respectively, just seconds apart. Neither had eclipsed the 29-minute mark in a 6K race this fall, but both finished just south of 28 and a half minutes on Saturday.
First-year Kennedy Arnold (McDonough, Ga.) was the final Scottie to score on the day in 78th with a time of 30:33.
The Scotties totaled a score of 202, which was seventh among the 15 teams eligible for a complete tally.
Berea took the team even with five runners finishing inside the top 15. It was the Mountaineers first season eligible to count in the championship. Covenant (68 points) and Piedmont (73 points) rounded out the podium.
The Scotties have one more race as a team as the NCAA Southeast Regional takes place in November 11 in Newport News, Va. beginning at 11 a.m.
You can catch all of the conference results HERE.