Sophomore Kate Imwalle from Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School ran the 18th best 5-kilometer time in SHC women's cross country history to lead the Lady Badgers to a runner-up finish at the 2009 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Miss., on Saturday morning.
The defending GCAC Individual Champion, Imwalle clocked a time of 19:52.46 and finished 3rd among the 44 total runners.
Junior Blakely Duhé, also from McGill-Toolen, finished with SHC's 29th best time on record at 20:35.35 and was 5th overall.
Following the meet, both Imwalle and Duhé received All-Conference recognition from the GCAC coaches.
Spring Hill ran a total time of 1:47:26.60 with an average time of 21:29.32 for a total of 55 points while conference champions Xavier University (La.) posted 1:45:23.60 for an average of 21:04.72 and 38 points.
Other competitors for SHC were senior Kayla Fox (12th) from Dothan, Ala., at 21:53.50, sophomore Lynne Fritscher (14th) of Covington, La., at 22:09.24, junior Ceci Venker of St. Louis (21st) at 22:56.05, sophomore Emily Stewart (23rd) from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., at 23:38.84, sophomore Ashley Derenbecker (26th) from Bay St. Louis, Miss., at 23:56.03, and freshman Julie Sellers (37th) from Lafayette, La., at 27:50.14.
With their individual times, Imwalle and Duhé have both also qualified to run at the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, November 21.