By Sam Chandler
The Samford University men’s and women’s cross-country teams had strong performances this past weekend at the Southern Conference Championships in Kernersville, N.C. The women’s team finished third overall with 90 points, and the men’s team finished fourth overall with 108 points. The Furman men and women captured the team titles, placing all scoring runners in the top 10 of each race.
Freshman pre-med major Karisa Nelson and junior pre-law major Rachel Wooten paced the Lady Bulldogs in the women’s 5K race, turning in a pair of top-14 finishes. Nelson (12th) and Wooten (14th) each broke the 18-minute barrier for the first time this season, finishing with times of 17 minutes, 41 seconds and 17 minutes, 53 seconds. By finishing in the top 14, Nelson and Wooten earned Second Team All-SoCon honors.
“I’m happy with my performance,” Nelson said. “I started out really fast, and I just kept on going.”
Sophomore exercise science major Ansley Bos (18th), freshman science and religion major Megan Roach (22nd) and freshman pre-physical therapy major Emma Garner (24th) rounded out the scoring five for the Bulldogs.
The future looks bright for the Samford women, as Nelson, Roach and Garner were named to the All-SoCon Freshman Team.
Freshman interior architecture major Arsène Guillorel led the Samford men in the 8K race, crossing the line in an impressive time of 24 minutes, 53 seconds. Guillorel finished 13th overall, earning a spot on the All-SoCon Second Team.
“I did my best,” Guillorel said. “The other guys were better, but I think if I had a good race, I could’ve finished after the Furman guys.”
A trio of juniors trailed closely behind Guillorel, as communication studies major Adam Jones (16th), exercise science major Luke Weishaar (23rd) and sports administration major Brandon Hazouri (27th) finished second, third and fourth on the team.
Redshirt senior sports administration major Nathan Hendershot completed the scoring with a 42nd -place finish, capping his season-long comeback from injury.
Both teams will conclude their season on Nov. 14th at the NCAA South Regional, hosted by Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.