On Saturday, at Rim Rock Farm, in Lawrence, KS the women's cross country team placed 28th at the NAIA National Championships. The meet, hosted by Kansas University, was home to the best competition that the NAIA has to offer. Weather played a factor for the entire field as the temperature was in the 20's with a windchill of 14 degrees.
The ladies were led by junior, Olivia Warren who placed 223rd with a time of 20:26. She was followed by senior, Jasmine Pulliam with a time of 20:44. This will be the last cross country race for Pulliam, a Louisville, KY native, but will finish her track career in the winter and spring.
A tremendous race was run by Cassie King who was the only Lady Bearcat to PR on the day running 20:51 and placing 3rd on the team. She was trailed closely by classmate Embra Hawkins who was 5 seconds behind King. Scorning was rounded out by Samantha Walker who finished 5th for the team while Courtney Naas was just a few spots behind.
Head Coach, Alan Schulze had this to say about the performance, "It was a good day for the ladies on many levels. The team placing, in a field that was deeper than last years' [where the team finished 27th] was a decent finish. It wasn't exactly where we wanted, but we'll take it for now. I'm proud of the ladies who stepped up and had big races like Olivia and Cassie. We will learn from this and be better next year."
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