MACON, Ga.—Agnes Scott Cross Country overcame uncomfortably humid conditions by racing to one of its best finishes in program history. In a mixed-division field for the second consecutive week, Agnes Scott did not back down on their way to a fifth-place finish at the Middle Georgia State Invitational on Saturday morning.
The Scotties were the top NCAA Division III finisher in the field and only slightly off the team pace of Division I Georgia State and NAIA foe Brenau.
Dalton State placed all five of its scorers inside the top 10 to run away with the overall meet victory.
First-year Monica Neely (Columbus, Ga.) and sophomore Catherine Ortega (Lawrenceville, Ga.) were the pace leaders for the Scotties once again, coming in 16th and 18th respectively. Neely pulled away right at the end for the second week in a row, besting her teammate Ortega by a few seconds with a total time of 24:16. Ortega was just four seconds off Neely's pace at 7:52 per mile and a 24:28 overall mark.
A good chunk of Agnes Scott's scoring came in the form of back-to-back-to-back finishes from Haeden Fura (Winder, Ga.), Andrea Barron (Chicago, Ill.) and Hannah Brendell (Windhoek, Namibia). Fura crossed the finish line in 35th place and a time of 26:26. Barron and Brendell both finished within the next 15 seconds, just four ticks apart.
The Scotties will look for continued improvement as they head into next Saturday's University of North Georgia Invite. The UNG event begins at 8:15 a.m.