BEECH ISLAND, S.C.—Agnes Cross Country ran to a ninth-place finish in a competitive field at the Jaguar Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning. The Scotties were the only Division III program to compete in the meet, hosted by Augusta University.
Senior Allyssa Willis (Apache Junction, Ariz.) ran one of the best races of her four-year career, just a half minute off her collegiate personal record. She finished 44th overall with a time of 22:32, her best mark since her first-year season when she finished just over 22 minutes in the Sandshark Invitational.
Classmate Ellie Vergura (Atlanta, Ga.) was not far behind in 51st with a 22:58 time to earn 41 points for the Scotties. Isabelle Eiden (Chicago, Ill.) rounded out the top three for the Scotties by finishing the 5K in a time of 24:46.
The Scotties saw two new runners enter the top five scorers in Kaylah Edwards (Lilburn, Ga.) and Hannah Brendell (Windhoek, Namibia). Edwards, running in her first college race, was the fourth Scottie to cross the finish line with an average mile around eight and half minutes. Brendell also ran a personal record in the 5K race with a 26:41 finish.
Agnes Scott will have a one-week break before heading to Alabama for the Jacksonville State Foothills Invitational next Saturday for a 9:30 a.m. start.