CLINTON, Miss. --- The Auburn University at Montgomery men's and women's cross country team completed its inaugural season on Saturday, competing in the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship at Choctaw Trails. The men finished the event 11th, while the women's team posted a 12th-place finish.
Senior Rachel Cunningham paced the women's team with a school-record time of 20:56, marking the first sub-21 minute 5K time in school history. Cunningham, who owns the three best 5K times in the program's young history, finished the event 29th overall in the 83-runner field.
Junior Katherine Toy posted a season-best time of 21:34 to finish 36th, while sophomore Savannah Brown finished 70th, with a time of 24:12. Freshman Jordan Holley and junior Katie Cornelius rounded out the scoring for the Warhawks, with times of 26:35 and 27:53, respectively.
Shorter University earned the team championship, finishing with 37 total points. Lee University finished second with 71 points, while the Flames' Maggie Opelt earned top individual honors with a time of 18:09.
On the men's side, Adam Russell continued his strong freshman campaign with a 68th-place finish in the field of 87, with a time of 31:58. Freshman Ryan Schwarzman and junior Cortez Lewis finished closely behind, posting times of 32:37 and 32:47, respectively.
Junior Spencer Youmans checked in with a time of 36:02, while senior Nathan Brown cut 2:39 from his previous mark on the course, finishing in 39:10. Sophomore Jery McGough posted a time of 40:12, while senior Brent Amburn ran a season-best time of 40:50. Senior Colton Mathis finished with a time of 48:26.
Shorter completed the sweep by taking home the men's team championship with 18 points. The Hawks had the field's top four finishers, led by Eliud Ng'etich, who finished in 25:32, three seconds ahead of teammate Daniel Sorenson. Emmanuel College finished second with 49 points.