HOOVER, Ala. — The Lee University cross country teams ran at the Gulf South Conference Championships Saturday morning. The Lady Flames finished tied for sixth out of 11 teams and the Flames were fifth out of 10, but neither was included in the official team results due to Lee University’s provisional status.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville claimed the team title with 47 points. Union University (50) was second and the University of West Florida was third (103). Lee tied the University of North Alabama with 159 points.
Cayce Bryan was the first Lady Flame across the finish line at 19:54.66. She placed 20th out of 84 runners. Ashley Matthews was close behind at 25th (20:18.36).
Jessica Childers was 32nd (20:43.57), Victoria Yates was 36th (20:48.71) and Emily Bryan rounded out Lee’s top five with a time of 21:05.97 (49th).
Emily Arnesen (21:13.77) was 53rd and Storyie Miller was 62nd at 21:42.49. Rachel Riel (72nd, 22:33.67) and Emily Carden (79th, 23:36.68) were the final Lady Flames to finish the 5K distance.
In the men’s race, The University of Alabama in Huntsville claimed the team title. University of West Florida and Shorter University placed second and third, with University of West Alabama fourth.
Camden Perez and Patrick Shultz were the top performers for Lee in the 8K race. Perez was 13th (26:41.63) and Shultz was 16th (26:48.40) out of 72 runners.
Terris Elliott recorded a time of 27:19.96 (30th), while Emmanuel Kipchumba was 32nd (27:25.22). Adam Gullette put a cap on Lee’s top five runners with a time of 28:14.74 (43rd).
Justin Knuth and Keenen Hindes were the final two Flames across the finish line. Knuth was 55th (29:11.33) and Hindes was 63rd (29:37.35).
Up next for Lee will be the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships in Cedarville, Ohio, November 16.