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Angels Cross Place Fifth at USA South Championship

MCXC prepares for the championship

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- The Meredith College cross country team scored 130 points for a fifth-place finish in Saturday's USA South Championship on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan in Rocky Mount. Three earn All-conference honors as a result of today's race.

Freshman Corrine Weaver set the pace for Meredith out of the gate and never let up. A member of the All-Conference first team, she finished seventh in the field of 112 with a time of 23:59.65. Weaver's finish placed her in second on the all-time Meredith list, less than eight seconds from the top. Rookie Julie Tonon remained close to Weaver through much of the 6,000 meter course and placed 18th overall for a seat on the third team. Tonon's time of 25:16.88 bested her 6K pace by more than 30 seconds and placed her in 10th all-time for Meredith.

Michelle Gladdis, another freshman, earned honorable mention recognition finishing 22nd with a time of 26:04.72. Gladdis earned a spot on the college's all-time list in 21st. Banesa Arellano earned the team's All-Sportsmanship selection and finished the course in a time of 32:23.52, trimming more than two minutes off her pace during the preview last month.

Veteran team member Rachel Hill, one of just two juniors and the only upperclassmen Avenging Angels, placed 36th with a time of 27:12.33, a 45 second drop from the preview race in September.

Francie Overman crossed the line next for MCXC in a time of 28:27.58, another 6K personal best, and Emily Ward followed at 28:46.23, bettering her pace by nearly three minutes. Mitxi Ortiz came in at 29:13.36 for a 6K personal best, and Isabelle Pasley followed in 30:39.86 for an improvement of 2:40.

Katelyn Andre edged Arellano with a time of 31:57.09 to complete the field for the Meredith Angels, trimming 2:36 off her preview score.

The Angels will use today's results to boost their training over the next two weeks in preparation for the NCAA South/Southeast Regionals in Memphis, Tenn., November 16.

USA South Cross Country Championship and season awards