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Cross Country Finishes Seventh At Notre Dame

Sept. 29, 2017

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Southern Miss women’s cross country finished seventh out twenty-five teams at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Friday evening.

“Solid day today, we definitely had some jitters and nerves going into this meet,” said coach Aaron Kindt. “Having never gone to a meet of this caliber before, I didn’t know how exactly we’d react, it’s not an environment that you can simulated in practice. They competed hard and gave us their best effort.”

Kate Mattox led the Golden Eagles over the finish line. The freshman ran the 5K in 17:58.4 with a 5:46.7 mile split. Sophomores Regen McGee and Natalya Dekleva-Hall came in shortly after with times of 18:05.1 and 18:12.3. Savannah McMillion rounded out the top four with a solid time of 18:16.2

“Kate and Regen were a steady 1-2,” said Kindt. “I also like a lot of what I saw out of Natalya today, she keeps getting more and more confidence each day. Savannah was also very solid number 4, she battled through a flat day and kept it going for us.”

Monika Gebarzewska, Theresa Harto and Courtney Filliben also contributed to today’s success helping the team finish ahead of C-USA opponents Marshall and UTSA.

“I’m pleased where we are at,” continued Kindt. “I think this experience will carry over into the championship season later and into the spring.”

The Golden Eagles will take next weekend off to prepare for the Crimson Classic taking place October 13 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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