OXFORD, Ala. - The Huntingdon cross country team participated in the JSU Foothills Invitational on Saturday, with the Lady Hawks finishing sixth in the event and the Hawks posting a seventh-place finish.
In the event, sophomore Caitlin McMahon improved her own school record with a time of 19:55 in the 5K event, while on the men’s side, senior Kent Hagan set a new school-best with a 28:18 on the 8K track. McMahon trimmed more than one minute off of her previous record of 21:00.60 set at the Crimson Classic earlier the season. Hagan eclipsed his own school record by 28 seconds, a mark he established at the NCAA Division III South Regional Championships to end last season.
McMahon finished 19th in the field of 92 runners with the time, while fellow sophomore Jackie Daniels finished 35th with a time of 21:42. Freshman Katherine Toy finished just seconds behind, recording a time of 21:45 and finishing 37th.
Also running well for the Lady Hawks was freshman Rachael Phillips, who finished 49th with a time of 22:33. Fellow freshman Brianna McClure was the next to finish, posting a time of 23:51 to finish 66th. Freshman Tia Scott (24:15) finished 69th, while senior Kelly Frazier (25:08) finished 74th. Freshman Aimee Nommensen (28:09, 83rd), freshman Nicole Dansereu (28:28, 84th), and senior Kim Butler (31:14, 91st) also competed for the team.
For the Hawks, Hagan finished 39th with the school-record setting time, while sophomore Jeff Jenkins finished 45th with a time of 28:34. Freshman Ian Layne finished 63rd with a time of 31:16, while freshmen McDowell Pinkard (33:09) and Ryan Prince (34:17) finished 67th and 68th, respectively. Sophomore Ron Fullove rounded out the scoring with a time of 39:11 and finished tied for 73rd.
Emory University won the event both on the men’s and women’s side, with Rebecca Flink earning individual honors for the Lady Eagles and Tommy Fiffe capturing the individual title for the Eagles.
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action next Saturday, when they participate in the Coach “O” Invitational, hosted by Troy University.