PENSACOLA, Fla. – Spring Hill College senior Kate Imwalle shattered the school's women's cross country record in the 5-kilometer event by surpassing the old mark by almost 3 seconds at the Gulf Coast Stampede hosted by the University of West Florida on Saturday morning.
Besting her own record of 18:42.20 established in her freshman year at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Miss., on November 8, 2008, Imwalle ran a time of 18:39.10 and placed 8th overall out of 122 runners.
Imwalle, a McGill-Toolen Catholic High School graduate, now holds eight of the Top 10 5k times in SHC women's history.
As a team, the Badgers 10 placed out of 16 total teams at the event held at the Escambia County Equestrian Center. Among NAIA competitors, however, Spring Hill placed 3rd of six teams with a total team time of 1:46:37.90 and 257 total points to finish behind Xavier University (La.) with 153 points and Loyola University (La.) with 224 points.
Junior Payton Tanner of Fairhope, Ala., finished 52nd in 20:58.60 and sophomore Emily Dolan, also from McGill-Toolen, was in 55th place at 21:06.10.
Freshman Danielle Phillips from Hoover, Ala., scored in her collegiate debut with an 85th place finish in a time of 22:54.90. Senior Emily Stewart of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., finished the SHC scoring in 88th place in a time of 22:59.20.
The 6th and 7th finishers for the Badgers were senior Meghan Kacic of Tampa, Fla., who ran in 90th position at 23:13.20 and freshman Kaitlin Saacks of New Orleans, La., who came in at 23:19.80 for 92nd place.
Other runners for the Badgers included junior Kiearstan Carter of Mobile's Murphy High School in 98th position at 23:51.80, sophomore Claire Stewart of Mt. Juliet, who was 101st at 24:13.50, senior Ashley Derenbecker from Bay St. Louis, Miss., who was 110th in a time of 25:38.30, freshman Lauren Whitney of Kiln, Miss., in 112th at 26:02.30, and sophomore Anna DeWine of Cedarville, Ohio, who crossed the line at the 26:09.80 mark for 113th place.
The Badgers next run at the annual Watson Ford Invitational hosted by Mississippi College at Choctaw Trials in Clinton, Miss., on Friday afternoon.