Louisville, KY - The Berea College Women Cross Country team traveled to E.P. Tom Sawyer Park this weekend to run in one of the largest cross country meets in the state of Kentucky. Teams for all around the country come to race at this meet including a number of large division I schools. The Mountaineers raced in the silver race which started at 12:45 PM.
The weather was far from ideal with high winds, cooler temperatures and light rain. Louisville had received a lot of rain throughout the week so the course was a bit muddy. The women's team handled the conditions very well and ran what has been there best team race of the year so far. They did this having to sit out one of their top girls due to a illness. Freshman and USCAA National Runner of the Week Dove DeNigris once again led the Mountaineers finishing 29th place and running a career best of 19:38, this was the first time in her running career that she dipped under twenty minutes. Following close behind her was Senior Gabrielle Sawyer in 79th place also running a career best of 20:21. Rounding out the top five for Berea was Mercy Kershner 110 place and a season best 20:39, Jenna Hughes 185 place and a season best 21:30 and Erin Gonterman in 21:36.
Olamide Adejuma finished 229 with a career best of 22:07, Asia Foster also snagged a career best finishing 290 with a time of 22:58. Megan Hale was the next finisher for the Mountaineers running a season best 23:40 and Brena Griffin placed 358 with a career best of 28:54.
This performance landed the women's team in 17 place out of the 44 competing teams. Their team average was also a season best of 20:45.
"I thought the women ran well, the weather was bad and we had to sit one of our top girls but the ladies stepped up and ran well said Head Coach Shawn Jakubowski. "This is a very mentally tough team and I am proud of their performance, there were so many career bests as well as season bests. These women have been training hard and improving each week, I cannot wait to see where they are at by the end of the season!"