Cross Country

Cross Country Teams Take Fifth at SAC Championships

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Both Catawba cross country teams finished fifth at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Cross Country Championships. The event took place on Saturday morning at the Milliken Arboretum.

Hannah Mercer led the women with a 13th-place finish. She covered the 6k course in a time 23:11 . That time marks the second fastest in school history behind just her own record of 22:53 set at the NCAA II Regional Meet in 2016. 

Patience Hunt and Nikki Elminowski also broke 24 minutes in the 6k. Hunt was 21st as she posted a time of 23:35 (fourth-best), while Elminowski placed 26th in 23:57 (sixth-best). Rori Godsey, in 2004, is the only other Catawba runner besides these three to break 24 minutes.

Javier Alejandro posted the top Catawba finish for the men. He placed 18th with a time of 26:14. Kyle Rhodes and Ethan Bemis were next to cross the line. Rhodes in 22nd (26:22) and Bemis 23rd (26:23).

Mercer picked up second team All-SAC honors with her finish. Hunt and Alejandro finished in honorable mention spots.

Domtila Kiplagat, of Lenoir-Rhyne, won the women's race with a time of 21:39. Queens' Daniel Wallis took the men's title with a time of 24:34. Queens claimed both team championships.

Next up for the Catawba cross country team is the NCAA II Southeast Regional Meet which will be on Nov. 17 in Oakwood, Ga.

Men
1. Queens 19, 2. Anderson 85, 3. Wingate 94, 4. Lincoln Memorial 128, 5. CATAWBA 139, 6. Lenoir-Rhyne 160, 7. Tusculum 168, 8. Carson-Newman 195, 9. Mars Hill 258, 10. Newberry 269, 11. Coker 286.

Catawba Individuals
18. Javier Alejandro, 26:14
22. Kyle Rhodes, 26:22
23. Ethan Bemis, 26:23
40. Logan Bemis, 27:01
43. Michal Swepson, 27:05
48. Curtis Carmack, 27:14
49. Drew Lake, 27:17
53. Austin Snide, 27:27
77. Rontrel Felton, 30:36
80. AJ Meadows, 30:59

Women
1. Queens 26, 2. Anderson 80, 3. Lenoir-Rhyne 105, 4. Carson-Newman 108, 5. CATAWBA 121, 6. Wingate 124, 7. Tusculum 178, 8. Lincoln Memorial 249, 9. Mars Hill 265, 10. Newberry 296, 11. Coker 299.

Catawba Individuals
13. Hannah Mercer, 23:11
21. Patience Hunt, 23:35
26. Nikki Elminowski, 23:57
29. Christina D’Amelio, 24:10
37. Abbie Adams, 24:38
40. Lexie Petty, 24:51
68. Hannah Efird, 26:55

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