GULFPORT, Miss. - The Spring Hill College women's cross country team finished 4th out of 11 teams at the Southern States Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday morning.
As a team, the Badgers scored 106 points and averaged 20:47.81 over the 5-kilometer course and finished in a total team time of 1:43:59.04.
Junior Kate Imwalle from Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High, was the top SHC finisher with an 8th place finish out of 77 runners in a time of 19:15.69, placing as the 7th best SHC women's 5-kilometer time in program history and the best time for a female member of the junior class in school history.
Sophomore Payton Tanner of Fairhope, Ala., finished in 19th position in 20:18.8 which placed her time as the 28th best SHC time in the Badger record book. Sophomore Melissa Menendez of Miami, Fla., turned in a time of 20:51.5 for a 28th place finish.
Freshman Emily Dolan of McGill-Toolen was in 15th place at 20:22.96, the 30th best time in school history, while fellow McGill alum freshman Emily Dolan was 20th at 20:34.29.
Sophomore Melissa Menendez of Miami, Fla., placed 31st in 21:16.49 and senior Ceci Venker of St. Louis, Mo., in 44th position in 22:29.61 to finish the SHC scoring.
Other runners for SHC were freshman Anna DeWine of Cedarville, Ohio, who was 47th at 22:56.13, sophomore Rebecca Pol of Alpharetta, Ga., with a time of 23:17.13 and finished 50th overall, sophomore Kiearstan Carter from Mobile's Murphy High who was 56th at 24:22.23, and junior Emily Stewart of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., in 24:45.40 finished in 60th place.
With her 8th place finish, Imwalle qualified for the third consecutive year to run as an individual at the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday, November 20, at 10:30 a.m. PST.