Emmanuel College Sports Information Department
CLINTON, Miss.—The Emmanuel Women's Cross Country team finished third at the SSAC Conference Championship on November 9 at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, MS.
The Lady Lions finished with a score of 66 and an average time of 19:43.06, only seven points behind SSAC runner-up Blue Mountain who scored 59 points with an average time of 19:40.44. Brenau University took away the Conference Championship title, scoring 58 points with an average time of 19:42.17.
"I couldn't ask for a tougher group, but we simply ran against some great teams," commented Head Cross Country Coach Ben Hall.
Senior Andrea Langley won the individual Conference Champion title, running a time of 18:59.86, thirteen seconds faster than runner-up Kelsea Posadas of Blue Mountain. Sophomore Lindsey Tooleplaced fifth overall with a time of 19:26.01, earning a spot on the All-Conference Team. Langley and Toole's performance qualifies them to run individually in the NAIA National Championship.
Sophomore Socorro Ruiz ran a lifetime personal best of 19:53.21 and sophomore Jazmin Konnickfinished in 19:55.74, placing sixteenth and seventeenth, respectively.
"I'm very excited about Andrea's individual title and Lindsey qualifying for nationals," shared CoachBen Hall. "All of our women ran extremely hard and fought throughout the race."
The Lady Lions also earned multiple other conference awards.
The men's and women's teams received the 2013 SSAC Champions of Character award for the third consecutive year; the award is presented to the team which best exemplifies the five core values of the NAIA's Champions of Character initiative and is voted on by the head coaches of the SSAC teams.
Sophomore Cana Jacques was honored as Emmanuel's representative for the SSAC Champion of Character Team.
Emmanuel's women placed seven athletes, the most of any team, on the SSAC All-Academic team.Kiara Hernandez, Gabriella Hill, Cana Jacques, Jazmin Konnick, Andrea Langley, Socorro Ruizand Emily Smith earned the award for holding a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 over twenty-four credit hours.
"It's heartbreaking we aren't taking the whole team [to nationals,] but I'm extremely proud of the amazing season they've had!" expressed Coach Hall. "To God be the glory for the great things He's allowed us to be a part of this year."
Langley and Toole travel to Lawrence, KS on November 23 to compete in the NAIA National Championship.