The Lady Flames edged SSAC foe Emmanuel College to win the women’s 5K race by a 34-40 margin. Tennessee Wesleyan College was third with 73 points and Southern Wesleyan University rounded out the team scoring with 81 points.
Cayce Bryan paced the Lady Flames with a time of 20:30.80, good enough for a third place out of 39 runners. She finished behind former Lee runner Maggie Opelt and Robiccaa Williams of Tennessee Wesleyan. Opelt ran unattached and set a new course record at 19:15.57. Williams crossed the finish line at 20:09.74.
Jessica Childers, Ashley Matthews and Storyie Miller combined with Bryan to put four Lady Flames in the top 10. Childers was fifth (20:41.50), Matthews placed seventh (21:02.79) and Miller finished eighth (21:05.58).
Rachel Waltz had a time of 22:11.28 to earn 16th place. Emily Arnesen made it six Lady Flames in the top 20 with a 19th-place finish (22:40.67).
In the men’s 8K race, SSAC foe Emmanuel College placed four runners in the top seven to claim the win with 23 points. The Flames scored 44 points to finish second. Tennessee Wesleyan College was third (68), Southern Wesleyan University was fourth (114), Auburn University at Montgomery took fifth (130) and Belhaven University was sixth (167).
Mike Walker was the first Lee runner across the finish line. Walker finished eighth out of 50 runners with a time of 27:25.14.
Victor Rotich and Austin Stansky were right behind Walker at ninth and 10th place, respectively. Rotich had a time of 27:30.06 and Stansky’s time was 27:37.84.
Said Ahmed placed 13th at 27:56.45, John Trollinger was 16th (28:11.16) and Camden Perez made it six Flames in the top 20 with a time of 28:36.92 (20th).
Adam Tauzer crossed the line at 28th (29:28.43) and Justin Knuth was 37th (31:10.05) to round out the Lee results.
Up next for Lee University will be the Berry Invitational in Rome, Ga., on Sept. 1.