Written by Chris Pendleton
HOOD, Md.—The Southern Virginia University women's cross country team continued its stellar season on Saturday winning the Hood Open hosted by Hood College in Maryland for the second straight year.
"We're really peaking at the right time of year," said second-year Head Coach Logan Davis. "Hood lengthened the course a bit from a season ago so our times came in slightly slower than last year, but I'm very happy with the way we're running right now."
Tori Faulkner (Mesa, Ariz.), who has now been Southern Virginia's top finisher in 12 of her 13 career races, led the way again for the Knights as the sophomore collected her first victory of the season with a 6K time of 26:34.9—her second-fastest 6K race of the year. Faulkner also won last year's Hood Open on Oct. 22, 2011 finishing at 25:18.4 on a shortened course.
Leah Huber (Castle Rock, Colo.) also continued her strong sophomore campaign entering the chute only nine seconds behind Faulkner for the meet's second-best finish (26:45.4), as well as her best overall place (2nd) to date.
Along with Faulkner and Huber, junior Kera Macfarlane-Neilson (Yorktown, Va.) also recorded her highest finish of the season at Hood placing 6th overall with a time of 27:11.9. Freshman Jacey Moore (Mesa, Ariz.) and sophomore Shelbi Prince (Mexico, Mo.) rounded out the scoring for Southern Virginia finishing 11th and 12th at 27:47.6 and 28:04.1 respectively.
Southern Virginia's total team score of 32 points is by far the Knight's lowest combined team score of the season. Southern Virginia's team average time of 27:16.8 at Hood was a two-minute improvement from the Knights' first 6K meet of the season back on August 31.
"We love racing [at Hood]," said Davis. "This gives us some great momentum heading into next week's Capital Athletic Conference championships."
Southern Virginia has accepted an invitation to join the Capital Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2013, but the CAC has invited the Knights to compete in Saturday's championship meet hosted by Frostburg State University (Md.).