By Andrea Langley
Emmanuel College Sports Information Department
LOUISVILLE, Ky.---The Emmanuel College Women's Cross Country team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky on October 5 to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic, one of the largest collegiate meets in the nation. The meet, which welcomed a total of 112 colleges and universities, was split up into Gold, Silver and Blue races.
The Lady Lions raced in the Blue race against many competitive NAIA and Division II schools and finished 18th out of 26 non-Division I schools, edging out NAIA team Embry-Riddle and former rival, Lee University.
Senior Andrea Langley finished first for the Lions with a time of 19:49.20. Sophomore Lindsey Tooleran an excellent race with a time of 20:03.60. "Lindsey ran really well, only a few seconds off of her 5k personal best on the track. Her confidence continues to grow with runs like this," said Coach Ben Hall.
Rounding out the Top 5 were sophomore Socorro Ruiz (20:44.77), senior Kim Hibbitt (21:06.30) and sophomore Gabriella Hill (21:11.17). "I'm happy to see Gabby battling through hip pain to continue to get better and better this season, "shares Hall.
"Our girls had a sloppier course to run on, being the fourth race of 250 plus runners in each race and a light rain setting in," said Coach Ben Hall. "I was proud of the toughness they showed and how well many of them are progressing."
Coach Hall stressed to the team that the focus for this mid-season meet was to run fast, but more than anything, to glorify God through both performance and actions.
"We performed well today and I think we all truly ran for Jesus," shared sophomore Lindsey Toole. "I can't wait to see what He has in store for us in Beaufort, SC."'
The Emmanuel cross country teams travel to Beaufort, S.C. on October 26 to compete in the USC-Beaufort Sandshark Invitational.