Women's Cross Country Finishes Eighth at SoCon Meet
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Logan Luckett finished 17th overall, falling just shy of All-Freshman honors as the VMI women's cross country team finished eighth at the SoCon Cross Country Championships, contested Saturday at Camp Jordan in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Luckett finished 17th overall, crossing the line in 18:00 to continue her streak of finishing at VMI's top runner at each race this season. Bethany King was 27th in a personal best time of 18:29 on the 5K course, while Kennedy Flynn was 50th in 19:10, also a personal best effort.

As a team, the Keydets finished eighth overall (195 pts.), six points ahead of Mercer. The Citadel wrapped up the team standings in 10th place at the event won by Furman for the fourth straight season. Samford, ETSU and Chattanooga concluded the top four in the team standings.

"Logan Luckett and Bethany King led our team today, a group of runners that had strong PR's and solid results," said VMI head coach Dr. Drew Ludtke. "I am proud of Kelly Russell, who had a good effort and showed quality leadership in her final collegiate season, and I'm pleased that we moved up in the overall standings. We have started the process of building some great recruiting classes and are still fortunate to have great leadership in our seniors."

VMI's other finishers on the day included Kathleen Yates, who entered VMI's top five for the first time with a 19:26 effort and a 54th-place result. Russell was 62nd in 19:47 and Sadie Sandifer finished 65th in 19:51. Isabela Melendez was 75th in 20:45 and Christina Hill rounded out the Keydets who competed with a 77th-place effort (20:57).

Karisa Nelson of Samford won the individual title.

"Coach Ludtke and both of our teams have worked hard and improved throughout the season, and today was no different," said VMI's director of track and field and cross country Darrin Webb. "Over 88 percent of our runners had seasonal or lifetime bests today. Coach Ludtke got them prepared and both teams raced hard, to 25:03 (men's) and 18:58 (women's) averages, the lowest we have had in recent years."

VMI cross country will return to action, and wrap up its season, Nov. 11 at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Charlottesville, Va.

Women’s Team Scores
1. Furman – 24
2. Samford – 47
3. ETSU – 111
4. Chattanooga – 113
T-5. UNCG – 171
T-5. Wofford – 171
7. Western Carolina – 176
8. VMI – 195
9. Mercer – 201
10. The Citadel – 266

Women’s First Team All-SoCon
1. Karisa Nelon, Samford
2. Savannah Carnahan, Furman
3. Emma Grace Hurley, Furman
4. Emma Garner, Samford
5. Gabrielle Jennings, Furman
6. Laura Miller, Furman
7. Katy Link, UNCG

Women’s Second Team All-SoCon
8. Riley Burr, Furman
9. Grace Dwyer, Furman
10. Jennifer Stephenson, Furman
11. Taylor Delaney, UNCG
12. Anna Long, Samford
13. Julia Rodriguez, Furman
14. Mary Grace Strozier, Samford

Women’s All-Freshman Team
2. Savannah Carnahan, Furman
3. Emma Grace Hurley, Furman
5. Gabrielle Jennings, Furman
8. Riley Burr, Furman
9. Grace Dwyer, Furman
10. Jennifer Stephenson, Furman
11. Taylor Delaney, UNCG

Women’s Freshman of the Year
Savannah Carnahan, Furman

Women’s Runner of the Year
Karisa Nelson, Samford

Women’s Pinnacle Award Recipient
Julia Rodriguez, Furman

Women’s Coaches of the Year
Robert Gary, Furman