Ty Spires, Sports Writer • email@example.com
The women’s cross country team started their season this past Saturday by traveling to Cullowhee, North Carolina to run in the Western Carolina Invitational. The invitational was packed full of strong competition to face off against the Wasps, as Emory & Henry was the only Division III college in attendance. The course was two miles and was much shorter than their normal distance of six kilometers.
Junior McKenna Tankersley spoke on the challenges her team faced on the course, “It was a little tough because we were used to trails and stuff like that… [but] we were on a track the whole time.”
One standout performance for the Wasps was newcomer Alette McGuire, a freshman out of Chesapeake, Virginia, with a time of 12:26. This impressive time awarded the young runner fifth place in the small college division, and landed her 23rd in the overall field.
Other notable times recorded by E&H was junior McKenna Tankersley, who had a time of 15:14. Sophomores Maddie Copenhaver and Annie Kate Leinus had times of 15:22 and 16:16 respectively. Although the team put up good times, they came up short on the podium and finished 6th as a team.
Junior Kelly Light, who ran a 15:03, was asked how the meet went for her and the team quite positively even though they went up against very stiff competition.
“We ran hard and it was our first race of the season, but we look to make huge improvements in the future,” said Light. She continued,“…it felt pretty challenging knowing that there were good schools competing against us but I feel it helped us find our pases and [we] ran it like every race even if it was D1…”
Although this weekend may have not been E&H’s weekend, the Wasps will look to bounce back in their next race, the Royals Twilight Meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by Queens University this Saturday, September 9th.