CLINTON, Miss. ---- The Auburn University at Montgomery cross country teams continued their inaugural season on Friday, participating in the Watson Ford Invitational, hosted by Mississippi College, at the Choctaw Trails.
The course will also be the host of the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship later this year on Saturday, Nov. 5. On the 6K track, the AUM women finished 10th of 13 teams, while the men placed 9th of 11 on an 8K course.
"Obviously we would love to be winning every meet we participate in, but I am very pleased with the performance of our entire team," head coach Michael Gross said. "We continue to show improvement and continue to learn with every meet. Our goal is to come back in a month for the conference championship and have a strong showing."
On the women's side, Rachel Cunningham continued to pace the squad, finishing 29th in the field of 102 runners, with a time of 26:44. Katherine Toy finished two spots behind with a time of 26:51, while Savannah Brown posted a 74th-place finish with a time of 32:37. Katie Cornelius placed 76th, finishing 32:41, while Jordan Holley rounded out the scoring with a time of 33:47 to finish 82nd.
Spring Hill's Katie Imwalle earned medalist honors with a time of 23:05, with West Florida taking home the team championship.
In the men's competition, Adam Russell was the top finisher for AUM, placing 46th in the field of 81 runners. Russell posted a time of 32:26, just seconds ahead of teammate Cortez Lewis, who finished in 32:33. Ryan Schwarzman finished slightly behind, placing 48th with a time of 32:46. Spencer Youmans continued to show improvement, finishing 62nd with a time of 34:45, while Nathan Brown recorded a 39:16 to finish 73rd. Jery McGough and Brent Amburn rounded out the scoring with times of 41:27 and 42:03, respectively.
West Florida swept the team and individual honors, as Martinique Sykes finished the track in 26:35. The Argos also captured the team title.
The Warhawks will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 22, when they participate in the Southeast Classic 8K, hosted by Berry College, in Rome, Ga.