CENTRAL, S.C. ---- The Auburn University at Montgomery men's and women's cross country teams showed significant improvement on Saturday at its second meet in school history, the Warrior Invitational/NSCAA South Regional, hosted by Southern Wesleyan.
The women's team finished the meet sixth in the seven-team field, while the men's program finished seventh overall. The AUM women recorded 117 points, nine better than Toccoa Falls, which finishished seventh. The men's team finished with 178 points. Southern Wesleyan captured the women's team title with 25 points, while Emmanuel's men earned the meet title with 21 points.
Senior Rachel Cunningham paced the Warhawks' women, finishing 15th in the 42-woman field with a time of 23:27 on the 5,000 meter course. Junior Katherine Toy posted a time of 23:56 to finish 20th, while sophomore Savannah Brown recorded a 24:50 to finish 25th. Freshman Jordan Holley and junior Katie Cornelius finished 35th and 36th, respectively, with times of 29:01 and 29:41.
Southern Wesleyan's Erica Segars earned individual medalist honors, posting a time of 20:06. Segars time was six seconds better than Brenau's Brittany Aikens.
On the men's side, freshman Adam Russell posted a team-best time of 34:32 to finish 31st in the 46-man field on the 8,000 meter track. Junior Cortez Lewis recorded a time of 35:16 to finish 34th, while freshman Ryan Schwarzman finished 36th, with a time of 36:50. Junior Spencer Youmans checked in with a time of 39:46 to finish 40th, while sophomore Jery McGough and senior Nathan Brown posted times of 41:22 and 43:22, respectively. Senior Brent Amburn rounded out the scoring with a time of 47:17.
Emmanuel had six of the top eight finishers, led by Rashaun Tanner with a time of 28:13.
Both the men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Oct. 1, when they participate in the Gulf Coast Stampede in Pensacola, Fla. The women's portion of the race is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the men at 8 a.m.