Running a slightly longer 6-kilometer race for the second consecutive weekend, the Life U Cross Country team made massive improvements as individuals at the University of North Georgia Invitational on Saturday, taking 13th place as a team. On the day, four Life U runners scored personal records (PRs) for the 6K distance, and another got her first chance at competition.
Senior Jaichelle Thomas had a great race, coming across the line in 26:07, almost a full minute faster than last week, to pace the Running Eagles.
Victoria Favela-Parra was not far behind, coming in at 26:42.
Stephanie Estrada was hot on her teammate's heels with a 26:50, which was 12 seconds faster than last week.
Annie Diaz continues her weekly improvement, running a 27:27. Her time was 49 seconds faster than the previous week.
Mariana Sanchez made the largest improvement on the team, improving her time by a whopping 1 minute and 16 seconds, crosssing the finish line in 27:58. This was after a 30-second improvement and a 6K PR last weekend.
Rachel Taylor ran her first 6K of the season, after being unavailable last weekend due to her NBCE Boards, finishing in 29:00.
And Abbi Elbaum, running her first-ever collegiate cross country race, ran a 29:45, displacing 42 other runners in the process.
After three straight weeks of competition, the ladies will be off next weekend before returning to action on October 3rd in Kentucky at the Greater Louisville Classic. This race will be the traditional 5K distance as the team will fine tune their skills as they reach the heart of their season and gear up for the Mid-South Conference championship in November.