Men Place First, Women Take Third at Shenandoah Commonwealth Challenge

Men Place First, Women Take Third at Shenandoah Commonwealth Challenge

WINCHESTER, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Shenandoah Commonwealth Challenge, with the men's team taking home the victory and the women coming in third.

In the women's 6K race, Southern Virginia took third out of 10 teams. Junior Sydney Bigelow led the Knights and came in third place individually with an impressive time of 23:53.6, while freshman Jill Westman took 14th. Jessica Simpson (16th), Kate Huber (21st), and Elora Smith (24th) rounded out the top five for the Knights, who finished with a team score of 78. Freshman Tommi Batty also raced well, finishing 38th out of 76 runners.

On the men's side, the Knights left no doubt who the best team at the meet was in the 8K race, taking first with a dominant score of 20 points. Junior Michael Myers also took first individually, winning the race by 17 seconds with a time of 26:21.3. Knights Colter May and Kevin Shelley took fourth and fifth, respectively, while Hunter Smith finished sixth and Brendan Scott placed ninth.

The Knights will look to continue their success next Saturday as they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to compete in the Lehigh Paul Short Run.