NEWTON – A pair of freshmen broke 20 minutes for the first time in their careers and led the Hutchinson Community College women’s cross country team to a third-place finish on Saturday at the Tabor College Invitational.
Freshman Cecilia Lane finished fourth overall and teammate Ashlynn Lambert was right behind in fifth place as Hutchinson edged Haskel Indian Nations University by two points for third place and trailed team runner-up Tabor College by only two points.
Emporia State won the team title with 54 points. Tabor was second with 87 points. HCC had 89 and Haskel had 91 points.
The Lady Dragons ran their strongest overall race of the season on Saturday, averaging 20 minutes, 43.15 seconds on the 5K course.
Lane led the Lady Dragons with a fourth-place time of 19:18.49. Lambert also broke the 20-minute mark with a fifth-place time 19:33.53. There were only five runners to break the 20-minute mark.
HCC’s best average team time of the season was bolstered by runners three through five.
Sophomore Diosha Johnson placed 25th overall with a time of 21:05.43. Freshman Melissa Miller took 30th with a time of 21:26.66. Sophomore Taylor Stewart ran a gritty 22:11.63 to finish 39th.
Other HCC runners were Rebekah Sweet (41st, 22:16.75) and Shanna Prescott (47th, 22:49.50).
The HCC men will compete at the Emporia State. The Lady Dragons will next compete at the Fort Hays State Invitational on Oct. 6.
(HCC Sports Information)