McPHERSON – Led by top-seven finishes by freshmen Ashlynn Lambert and Cecilia Lane, the 17th-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s cross country team won its second invitational of the season, winning the McPherson College Lakeside Shootout on Saturday.
Running just five athletes, the Lady Dragons made their performances count as Hutchinson edged Sterling College by five points, 35-40. McPherson College was third with 45 points.
This was the first time in three weeks that the Lady Dragons have competed.
Lambert led the way for the Lady Dragons on Saturday, finished fourth overall with a time of 20 minutes, 28.7 seconds over the wet and muddy 5K course. It’s the second time this season Lambert has been Hutchinson’s top runner.
Lane finished seventh overall with a time of 20:49.5.
Just finishing outside the Top 10 was sophomore Diosha Johnson, who placed 11th in a time of 22:02.3.
Once again, HCC’s fourth and fifth runners were key in the Lady Dragons winning the team title.
Freshman Melissa Miller placed 19th overall with a time of 23:39.6. Sophomore Shanna Prescott was 23rd in a time of 24:33.1.
Unattached runner Kayla Deighan won the individual title with a time of 19:35.1. Wichita State’s Mackenzie Maki was second in 19:44.2 and Sterling College’s Bay Baker was third in 19:55.1.
The Lady Dragons will now compete at the Region VI Championships on October 27 at Overland Park.
(HCC Sports Information)