The Spring Hill College women's cross country team turned in a strong performance at the Azalea City Classic hosted by the University of South Alabama with a 4th place finish out of six teams on Saturday.
As a team, the Badgers scored 104 points, but more importantly, they were the top finisher among the College Division teams that participated. SHC outscored the University of Mobile (5th, 146 points) and Dillard University (6th, 158 points).
SHC averaged 22:37.02 over the 5-kilometer course and finished in a total team time of 113:05.10.
Junior Kate Imwalle from Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High, was the top SHC finisher with a 9th place finish out of 50 runners in a time of 20:13.33 while sophomore Payton Tanner of Fairhope, Ala., finished in 20th position in 21:27.75.
Senior Ceci Venker of St. Louis, Mo., also scored for the Badgers with a 24th place finish in a time of 23:17.04. Freshman Emily Dolan of McGill-Toolen was in 26th place at 23:38.98 and sophomore Kiearstan Carter of Mobile's Murphy High was 28th at 24:27.99 to close out the SHC scoring.
Other runners for SHC were junior Emily Stewart of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., who finished in 29th place at 24:38.03; freshman Anna DeWine of Cedarville, Ohio, was 30th at 25:32.48; freshman Emily Hill of Pensacola, Fla., was 32nd at 26:11.20; freshman Claire Stewart of Mt. Juliet was 33rd at 26:33.79; and senior Lynne Fritscher of Covington, La., closed in 35th place at 26:49.37.
The Badgers next run on Saturday at the Gulf Coast Stampede hosted by the University of West Florida in Pensacola at 7:30 a.m.