CLINTON, Miss. – The Spring Hill College men's cross country team wrapped up the 2013 season with a 4th place out of 11 teams at the 2013 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championships on Saturday morning at Choctaw Trails, but set two individual school records in the process.
In total, the Badgers collected 121 points and ran a total team time of 2:17:38.94 over the 8,000-meter course in an average time of 27:31.79 for their fastest team time of the season.
Junior John Russell of Cullman, Ala., ran the fastest 8-kilometer time in SHC men's cross country history at 26:42.99 for 13th place out of 93 runners while sophomore Jordan Travis of Poplarville, Miss., also broke the previous SHC mark in a time of 26:47.73 for 14th place. The previous mark of 26:56.1 was set by Patrick Aucoin on Oct.13, 2007 on the same course at the Watson Ford Invitational hosted by Mississippi College.
Sophomore Patrick Lameka of Chicago, Ill., was the third Badger to cross the line with the 17th best time in school history with a 27:32.03 performance and 24th place overall.
Freshman Seamus Russell of Cullman ran a career-best with a 36th place finish in 28:14.29 and freshman Andrew Pettus of New Orleans, La., finished 40th in a time of 28:21.90.
Junior Conner Kirkikis of Kenner, La., was 45th in 28:36.04 while sophomore Phillip Travis of Poplarville rounded out the Badger competitors with a time of 29:12.74 for 53rd place.
Before the meet, Jordan Travis was selected as the SHC representative on the 2013 Musco Lighting-SSAC Champions of Character Team.