Sept. 1, 2017
CLINTON, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's cross country team placed first with 15 points at the Mississippi College Opener on Friday at the Choctaw Trails.
Southern Miss finished ahead of Mississippi College (68), Blue Mountain State (83) and Delta State (109). Other teams in attendance included Spring Hill, Mobile, Xavier-Louisiana, Millsaps, Alcorn State and Jackson State.
"Overall, really strong team effort," said Aaron Kindt. "It was a little hot and muddy but very please with the way they handled themselves."
Each Golden Eagle turned good times as freshman Kate Mattox led the way, covering the 4K course in a time of in 14:46.95, winning the college race and placing second overall. Recent graduate, Daphney Stanford, ran unattached and claimed first overall running a time of 14:45.82. Savannah McMillon was not far behind with a time of 14:49.96, Theresa Harto ran a time of 15:10.04 and Courtney Filliben recorded a time of 15:12.88 rounding out the top five.
"It was really encouraging to see different people step up and fill some different roles," continued Kindt. "We got a big day out of freshman Kate Mattox and sophomore Savannah McMillon. It's fitting that Kate wins her first college race on the course she won so many state titles on."
Natalya Dekleva-Hall, Monika Gebarzewska, Regen McGee, Emma Kate Holdbrooks, Madeleine Bell and Victoria Hoppe helped complete the sweep.
"I am also really proud of the work Savannah put in this summer and I'm excited to watch her take on a bigger role within the cross country team this fall," said Kindt.
The Golden Eagles will return to action as they head to Oxford, Miss. to compete in the Rebel Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 15 at the FNC Park.
Southern Miss Results Actual Finish, Name, Time, Score 2, Kate Mattox, 14:46.95, 1 3, Savannah McMillon, 14:49.96, 2 4, Theresa Harto, 15:10.04, 3 5, Courtney Filliben, 15:12.88, 4 6, Natalya Dekleva-Hall, 15:19.24, 5 7, Monika Gebarzeska, 15:21.05, 68, Regen McGee, 15:23.29, 79, Emma Kate Holdbrooks, 15:31.6710, Madeleine Bell, 15:39.0111, Victoria Hoppe, 15:51.64