The chilly forecast, buckets of rain, and a muddy course were but a footnote for the Running Eagles on Saturday at the Greater Louisville Classic. Against a huge and competitive field, the ladies ran quite well, finishing in the top half of the field as a team, and beating all but one Mid-South Conference school, which is a good barometer for the end-of-season conference championship.
Close to 2,000 runners competed in the Greater Louisville Classic, a prestigious event containing NCAA, NAIA and JUCO colleges. Running in the 5-kilometer Silver Bracket, Life U finished 22nd out of 44 teams, and all seven Running Eagles finished within 2 minutes and 40 seconds of each other - another good barometer for team racing.
Cora Atkinson led the way with a 20:21 to finish in 77th place out of 365 runners.
Elizabeth Skipper came in at 20:50 for 118th place.
Jaichelle Thomas continued her fine form, crossing the line in 20:55 to take 122nd place.
Victoria Favela-Parra was next with a time of 21:20 and a 153rd place finish.
Annie Diaz completed the team scoring for Life U with her time of 22:15 and 193rd place.
Stephanie Estrada ran a 22:45, helping the team by displacing 153 runners who finished after her.
As did Mariana Sanchez with a 23:01 to displace 141 runners.
It was a great effort, especially considering the conditions. With a wet and muddy course, the shoes and legs get heavy and the times go north, but the ladies shook it off and had a great tune up for their next race which will be this Friday in Charlotte, NC for the Queens College Royal XC Challenge.