Women's Cross Country Ends Season with 8th-Place Regional Finish
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Behind Andrea Maxwell's 26th-place finish and Jillian Browne's 33rd-place finish, the Saint Leo University women's cross country team concluded the NCAA South Region 6K race in 8th place, tallying 233 points in the Saturday morning race from Sharon Johnston Park in Huntsville, Ala.
Maxwell's talents led her to the finish line with a time of 23:59.50, while also placing her in seventh-place spot on the all-time fastest 8K record list for Saint Leo's program history. As a junior, Maxwell consistently led her team with top finishes, finishing as a top runner for the Lions in many of the races that she competed in.
Followed closely behind Maxwell was senior Jillian Browne, whose time of 24:16.32 and top-two finish for the Lions concludes her career wearing the green and gold.
Freshman runner Kylie Fagan also endured a tough race as she finished the 6K course with a time of 25:04.07, marking her career-best 6K time as a Lion and finishing the race in 56th-place.
Along with Brown, Kelsey Bradley also finished out her career as a Saint Leo Lion, crossing the tape of the regional race at 25:35.47 and in 68th-place. The time also marks her fastest 6K time this season.
Juniors Elyse Snyder (25:53.01) and Lee Ann Antuna (26:03.39) finished within nearly 10 seconds of each other, collecting 74th-place and 78th-place finishes, respectively. Freshman Shelby Adams also finished with a time of 27:44.45, marking her second-fastest 6K time as a Lion.
"The course and atmosphere made for a great experience for both teams. We took five men and women who have never raced in a Regional Championship before, and this is the first time that both our men's and women's teams finished in the top 10," said head coach Melissa Miller-Mangen. "Kelsey dropped 45 seconds for a season-best time and a memorable experience for her collegiate career."
Overall, the University of Tampa claimed the rights to the top spot as they finished with a team score of 24 points. In addition, University of Tampa runners Kelly Hagan and Laura Yarrow claimed the first and second individual medals as they ousted the competition by a solid 10 seconds.
The race ends an exciting 2011 campaign which featured the rise of a consistently-ranked squad. Stay up-to-date with SaintLeoLions.com for news, updates, and information on the women's cross country team.