BLACKSBURG, Va. - Logan Luckett led the VMI women's cross country team for the third consecutive race, as the squad finished sixth at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite, contested Friday in Blacksburg, Va.
Luckett timed in at 22:40.50 on the 6K course, good enough for 19th overall as the true freshman led the Keydets once again. Only once prior (2007) - since full race by race records were available - has a freshman led VMI for more consecutive races.
As a team, the Keydets finished sixth overall in the nine-team event (185 points). The event was won by Virginia Tech (20), with Ohio (69) finishing second and Liberty placing third (74).
"Logan Luckett ran very strong to finish 19th today," said VMI head coach Dr. Drew Ludtke. "Overall, I am very happy with our performances and team chemistry. Our upperclass women really stepped up today, and I was particularly happy with Kennedy Flynn and Kelly Russell for the improvements they have shown over the past few weeks. They are headed in the right direction!"
The rest of VMI's top five behind Luckett included Bethany King (63rd/24:25.90), Isabela Melendez (69th/24:44.40), Flynn (71st/24:54.30) and Sadie Sandifer (72nd/25:05.30).
Keydet finishers Friday also included Russell (74th/25:31.10), Christina Hill (81st/26:40.10), Riley Neary (88th/28:20.90), Brittany Szczepanik (90th/29:32.30), Brigitta Hendren (91st/29:35.00) and Kathleen Yates (93rd/31:22.10). VMI ran its largest contingent of the season, as every runner on the active roster took part in Friday's race.
"Overall, this is an incredibly motivated and fun team to coach," offered Coach Ludtke. "The entire team gives 100% effort, sacrifices extra miles and time to make themselves and the team better. It's a great day to be a Keydet!"
VMI cross country will return to action October 1, when the squad competes in the prestigious Paul Short Run in Lehigh, Pa.