BOONE, N.C. - Competing in its final tune-up for the Big South Championships, the VMI women's cross country team finished tied for fourth place at Friday's Blue Ridge Open, contested in Boone, N.C.
The Keydets tied with the "B" squad of host Appalachian State, with both teams having 115 points. That total was just 21 points behind one of the favorite for the Big South title, High Point, who finished third during Friday's proceedings. Wake Forest (44 points) and Belmont (78) went 1-2 in the team standings, while VMI bested fellow Big South teams Coastal Carolina (124 pts/6th), Radford (314/10th), Longwood (324/11th) and Gardner-Webb (341/12th) in the 15-team race.
"I was very pleased with our race today," said VMI assistant track and field/cross country coach Jen Fazioli. "All of our women ran their fastest times of the season, led by Jenna Moye, who ran a 5K personal best and said she still had more in her legs. Her training has been going very, very well. Natalie Young finished in the top-12 and ran her best race of the season, and Michelle Church and Leah Schubel ran very well together as our 3-4 runners. Again, I'm very pleased with this result and believe this will give us a lot of confidence going into the conference championships."
Jenna Moye led the way for the Keydets on Friday, finishing fourth in 18:06, while Natalie Young finished 11th in 18:26. Michelle Church (30th/18:58.17) and Leah Schubel (31st/18:58.58) finished less than a second apart, while Kelsey Newcomb was VMI's #5 runner, finishing 50th in 19:31, and Nina Srikongyos rounded out the Keydet competitors by placing 84th in 20:31.
VMI cross country will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 27, to compete in the Big South Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. Action will get underway with the women's race at 10:30 a.m.