The Lions had a busy weekend of competition. The top seven men and women ran on Friday at McAlpine Park in Charlotte in a very stacked field. There were over 60 teams represented on the afternoon and two extremely competitive races!
The first race was comprised of NAIA runners and the second race, in which Emmanuel competed, was made up of NCAA schools. "The goal was to get out a little more conservative than we have other meets this year, and finish the last two miles as hard as we could," said Coach Hall. The Lions ran in groups for the first three miles and then tried to catch as many people in the last two miles as they could.
Jazmin Konnick had a very strong race for the ladies, running her season best time of 19:38 and finishing first for the team. Makayla Hewell was not far behind, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 19:52. Lindsey Toole was next in 20:14, also running her fastest time of the season. Kiara Hernandez ran a fantastic race, breaking into the top five runners, finishing fourth on the team for the Lions, running 20:01, a lifetime personal best time. Gabby Hill was the fifth runner (21:05) and was followed by Coco Ruiz (21:30) and Heidi Schreiber (21:52) to make up the top seven runners.
On Saturday the Lions traveled to Milledgeville, Georgia to compete in the Georgia Division II Championships. Rather than running a 5k, the women ran a 6k race. Everyone who competed set new season best times in the 6k, despite rainy and wet conditions on the course. Neely Hallman really shined and took the top spot on the Lions team, running 26:45, over a minute faster than one month ago! "I was extremely proud of our efforts this weekend. It's great for the team to see their hard work really paying off and translating in to running faster times!" Said Coach Hall.
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