Women’s XC Twilight Race

Ty Spires, Sports Writer • tmspires16@ehc.edu

The Emory & Henry Women’s Cross Country team got a dose of Saturday night lights last weekend when they ran in the Royals Twilight Meet in Charlotte, North Carolina. The meet was a standard 5K race, but instead of being ran during the day, the course was illuminated by large lights giving it an electric feel.

One runner that seems to run even better under the lights is Freshman Alette McGuire, who broke a 26 year old record of 19:02 set in 1991 by Ruthie Woodring with her time of 18:58. This outstanding performance by the young runner landed her an 11th place finish. When asked about her record breaking performance, she responded by saying, “I felt really good after my race but I didn’t realize that I broke the record until my coach told me what my official time was. But once the official results were posted I was extremely happy.”

The Wasps finished 5th in the race and really starting to show improvements in their times. Sophomores Erica Grupp and Maddie Copenhaver finished at 19:52 and 24:27 respectively. The seasoned veterans Kelly Light, McKenna Tankersley both ran good races and turned in times of 23:19 and 23:00.

What’s next for the Emory & Henry women’s cross country team? They will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to try to defend their title in the 34th Annual Greensboro Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, September 30.

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