Cross Country - Sat. Oct. 01, 2011
PENSACOLA, Fla. ---- Senior Rachel Cunningham bettered her school-record time in the 5K by nearly two minutes and freshman Adam Russell trimmed more than two-and-a-half minutes from his record 8K time, to highlight the Auburn University at Montgomery cross country teams efforts at the Gulf Coast Stampede, held Saturday at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.
As a team, the Warhawks' women's team finished 14th of 16 teams in the field, while the men placed 12th of 13.
Cunningham led all AUM runners with a time of 21:21.80 to finish 59th in the 122-woman field. The time bettered the previous school record in the distance of 23:04, which Cunningham set at the Spring Hill Badger Brawl earlier this season.
The second Warhawks' runner to cross the line was junior Katherine Toy, who finished 77th with a time of 22:19.90. Sophomore Savannah Brown followed closely behind with a time of 22:57 to finish 87th. Junior Katie Cornelius and freshman Jordan Holley rounded out the times for AUM, finishing with times of 26:29.40 and 26:58.90, respectively.
Harding University won the women's team title with a total of just 49 points. Southern Mississippi's Stephanie Ledgerwood earned the individual title with a time of 17:54.20.
On the men's side, Russell posted a time of 31:58, shattering his previous best of 34:32 set last weekend at the Warrior Invitational, to finish 78th in the 98-man field. Russell finished just ahead of junior teammate Cortez Lewis, who finished 79th with a time of 32:07.80. Freshman Ryan Schwarzman finished 81st with a time of 32:24, while junior Spencer Youmans was 88th following a time of 34:37.40. Seniors Nathan Brown and Brent Amburn rounded out the scoring for AUM with times of 41:08.70 and 41:40.60, respectively.
Harding completed the sweep by taking the men's title, scoring only 20 points in the victory. The Bison placed four runners in the top five, including individual winner Philip Biwott with a time of 25:20.10.
Both the AUM men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Oct. 7, when it participates in the Watson Ford Invitational in Choctaw, Miss. The women's portion of the meet is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men at 5:15 p.m.