In only the second meet of the season, school records and personal bests are already falling for the Women's Cross Country team. The 5k course under the lights, with the crowds that came out to support, created an electric atmosphere for the athletes. The temperature was fantastic to be able to run fast times.
Junior Makayla Hewell led the way for the Lions running in the front pack, getting out to a strong first mile and holding. As the front pack began to separate, Hewell kept herself in position to finish in the top five, battling her way to third place. Hewell crossed the line in a new school record and lifetime personal best, covering the three loop course in a time of 17:38! She was followed by freshman teammate, Alex Quarles, who ran a new lifetime personal record and nearly two minutes faster than last week's race. Alex finished up in 19:13, smashing the 20-minute 5k barrier for the first time. "I'm so excited to see these ladies reap some of the fruit of their hard work over the last month of training. Makayla ran over a minute faster than her previous 5k best, Alex, who has never broken 21:00 for 5k, nearly breaks 19:00 in her second college race, and our other ladies are improving by several minutes from one week to the next. We have plenty more work to do, but it's great to see times dropping and confidence levels rising," praised Coach Hall.