MC Women finish 23rd at NCAA Cross Country Regionals

MC Women finish 23rd at NCAA Cross Country Regionals

The Maryville College women's cross country squad capped off their 2019 fall season with a 23rd place finish at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast region cross country championships in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday.

Washington & Lee University claimed the team title with an average pace of 21:59. The Scots' team pace was 25:54 set by five MC finishers.

Anna Wilgenbusch of the University of Dallas earned individual honors with a 21:29 6K effort. Maryville's top finisher was sophomore Lilly Simms. The USA South Athletic Conference rookie runner of the year posted a 23:19 effort good for 43rd place. Junior Lea Mulligan was just a minute off Simms' pace finishing with a 24:13 time for 85th place.

Hannah Mattison ran the challenging course in 25:48 for a 147th place among 239 runners. Maleah and Mikala Wooten completed MC's scoring with 27:33 and 28:32 efforts respectively. Additional Scots' runners that completed the course were Emily Cooper (28:40) and Rebecca Starks (30:15).

"This was a fun season watching each runner get better with each challenge," stated Coach Tyson Murphy. "We are grateful to our seniors Rebecca Starks and Sarah McFann for their leadership and dedication to the program. We are also excited that we have some very talented runners with collegiate experience under their belt as we prepare for future events. The future is bright for our squad."