Montevallo Claims PBC Women’s Cross Country Championship
AIKEN, SC – The Montevallo women’s cross country team placed four runners in the top 10 as they surprised the field by winning the 2011 PBC Championship on Saturday morning in Aiken, S.C. Junior Haley Evans blazed through the 6k course in 23:16, setting a new school record and claiming the individual championship. The cross country title is the first for Montevallo as a part of the Peach Belt Conference. Clayton State finished second while Augusta State was third. The race was run for the first time in Aiken at the Pacer Path on the campus of USC Aiken.
Evans set a 5k school record in her last outing and did the same over a 6k distance with a time of 23:16 on the hilly course, the fourth-fastest 6k time in PBC Championship history. After running with the pack for half the race, she pulled away and finished 32 seconds ahead of Flagler’s Taylor Strekel, who was second. UM’s Kaley Glover finished fifth in 23:54 while In-Mi Matsunaga was seventh in 24:04 and Lauren Recchia 10th with a time of 24:16.
|Montevallo's Haley Evans cross the line in first place at the 2011 PBC Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Aiken.|
Clayton State finished second overall with 77 points, 30 behind the Falcons. Jessica Smith was the first Laker across the line with a time of 24:15 for ninth place. The Lakers scored high after keeping together throughout the course as Paige Galvin, Samantha Walling and Patricia Olleros finished 12th, 13th and 15th, respectively, separated by less than 20 seconds.
Augusta State finished in third place with 82 points, just edging out UNC Pembroke who was fourth with 83. ASU’s Jessica Carpenter finished fourth with a time of 23:52 while UNC Pembroke’s Livia Mahaffie was third overall in 23:49 and Kendra Dorn sixth 24:03. Mahaffie was named the PBC Runner of the Year, an award voted on prior to the PBC Championship meet based on regular-season results.
Columbus State saw their run of six straight PBC titles come to an end as they finished fifth overall. Moneque English led the Cougars with a time of 24:09, finishing eighth. Flagler finished sixth while Georgia College was seventh, USC Aiken eighth, Francis Marion ninth and Georgia Southwestern 10th.
Flagler’s Taylor Strekel was named the PBC Freshman of the Year as the lowest finishing freshman. Strekel finished second overall with a time of 23:48.
UNC Pembroke's Gary Aycock and Augusta State's Adam Ward were voted the PBC co-Coaches of the Year by the league's head coaches.
The top seven women to finish the race were named first-team All-Conference while the 8-14 runners were named second team. Most of the 10 teams who competed will next run at the NCAA Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Haley Evans, Montevallo
Taylor Strekel, Flagler
Livia Mahaffie, UNC Pembroke
Jessica Carpenter, Augusta State
Kaley Glover, Montevallo
Kendra Dorn, UNC Pembroke
In-Mi Matsunaga, Montevallo
Moneque English, Columbus State
Jessica Smith, Clayton State
Lauren Recchia, Montevallo
Allison Lones, Georgia College
Paige Galvin, Clayton State
Samantha Walling, Clayton State
Keely Gillespie, USC Aiken
Freshman of the Year
Taylor Strekel, Flagler