Women’s XC Race at Shortened ODAC Preview

Buena Vista, VA- The Emory & Henry College Women’s Cross Country Team took to the road again for their second meet of the season. After opening up the season at the Roanoke Time Trials last week, the Lady Wasps competed in the ODAC Preview Meet in Buena Vista, Virginia this past Friday.

The team faced all of the other 11 teams making up the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. With each team from the ODAC competing, the competition was spiked and the number of competitors was high. In what was originally planned to be a 6,000-meter course, the women only ran 4,000 meters due to the hot, humid conditions.

The Wasps finished 9th in the team standings. In her second career collegiate cross country meet, freshman Erica Grupp led the team with a time of 17:40 which was good enough to take 33rd place overall. Senior Elizabeth Wilson was the second fastest on the team, finishing the race in a time of 18:49. Just 10 seconds behind Wilson, sophomore Kelly Light finished up to secure the 60th place spot. Sophomores Kayla Mulkey and Taylor Henderson rounded out the top five for the Lady Wasps.

After finishing the 9th out of 12 teams, the team knows there is still work to be done. The Lady Wasps will take to the course next on September 24. This meet will be the Greensboro Invitational where the Lady Wasps have enjoyed a lot of success in the past. The Lady Wasps took second place as a team at this meet last year.

That being said, with the growing success and bright future, the next meet looks promising for the team. Not only does the next meet look promising, but the season has a very bright outlook on it as well. The Lady Wasps still have things to prove and this will be done in a couple weeks in Greensboro.

– William Seidel

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