Women's Cross Country Places Second of Ten at Berea

Written by Jeremiah John

BEREA, Ky.—Led by freshman Tori Faulkner's (Mesa, Ariz.) third-place overall finish, the Southern Virginia University women's cross country team placed second out of ten teams at the Berea College Invitational on Saturday in Berea, Ky.

Faulkner completed the 5K course in 20:03 making her the top freshman finisher in the field of 81 runners. Faulkner has been the Knights' top finisher in all three of her races this season, placing second at the Southern Virginia Home Opener 5K on Sept. 3 and tenth at the Washington and Lee 6K one week ago.

Freshman Leah Huber (Castle Rock, Colo.), Southern Virginia's second finisher, took ninth overall at Berea with a time of 21:01 after finishing 14th of 80 at W&L and third in the Knights' home opener.

The top two finishers were junior Sharon Ronoh of Lindsey Wilson College and sophomore Elisha Overstreet of Georgetown College. Saturday was Ronoh's third try at Berea—she finished second in both 2009 and 2010 with times of 20:23 and 19:44, respectively. This time she easily took first for her first collegiate win and best 5K finish ever at 18:21. Second-place runner Elisha Overstreet, who won the Asbury College Invitational earlier this season, came in at 19:06. Overstreet's performance helped lead her Georgetown squad to a convincing team win, as the Tigers had four runners in the top ten totaling only 30 points.

Southern Virginia took second out of teams with five runners in the top 20 and seven finishing under 22 minutes. Sophomore Kera Macfarlane (Yorktown, Va.) and freshmen Tayla Alfrey (Aubrun, Wash.) and Shelbi Prince (Mexico, Mo.) rounded out the top five runners for the Knights.

Southern Virginia finished with 65 points behind Georgetown's 30 and ahead of Lindsey Wilson College, Campbellsville University, hosts Berea College, and five other teams. The other nine teams at the invitational were from Kentucky, with the exception of UVA-Wise, which the Knights faced last week in the Washington and Lee Invitational.

Berea College's 5K course, a mostly flat trail over grass and through woods, was the fastest course the Knights have raced this season, with only one slight incline near the middle. The course loops around a large grass field for the first mile, and then heads into the trees, where runners cross a shallow creek as they meet the rise through the woods.

The Knights finish their busy September schedule this Saturday the 24th at the Maroon Invitational in Salem, Va.