In almost perfect weather conditions for cross country on Saturday, the Life U women traveled to Greenville, SC for the Furman XC Classic. In a strong field that included many NCAA teams of varying divisions, Life U placed 17th as a team.
Standard cross country distance is 5-kilometers (3.1 miles), but some races are shorter or longer depending on the event. Last weekend, the Running Eagles ran in a 4K race, while this past weekend they ran in a 6K race. "This was a tough race becase the distance is longer than most of our ladies have raced," said Life U head coach Cathy Faust. "In fact, three of them have never raced that distance. But it was a race to work on strength for later in the season."
Cora Atkinson ran a personal record (PR) for a 6K, clocking in at 25:02 to score the first spot for Life U.
Elizabeth Skipper, ran a 26:15 to score the second spot for the team.
Victoria Favela-Parra was not far behind in the third spot with a time of 26:23.
Stephanie Estrada took the fourth team spot with a 27:02.
And right behind her was Jaichelle Thomas with a 27:03 to round out the scoring for the Running Eagles.
Annie Diaz ran a 28:16, finishing ahead of several other team's runners and displacing their scores.
As did Mariana Sanchez who improved her PR by a whopping 30-seconds, crossing the line in 29:14. "This is a result of her summer training - consistency is the key," noted Faust.
The Running Eagles were without two of their regulars who were sitting for their NBCE Boards this past weekend. They will have a full squad this coming week when they travel to Gainesville, GA to participate in the University of North Georgia Invitational. This is another 6K distance, as Faust looks to continue to build her runners' strength for the heart of the season.