The UVa-Wise women’s cross country team placed ninth at the 2016 Mountain East Conference Championship 6,000-meter race Saturday morning at the Bridgeport Recreation Complex in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
In challenging, cold and wet conditions, the Cavaliers averaged a 6K time of 33:31 as a team and placed two runners in the top 40.
Senior Sarah Elbon (Strasburg, Va.) led the way for the Cavs with a 38th-place overall finish in a time of 29:55. Sophomore Tamyra Howell (Chilhowie, Va.) improved upon her 44th-place finish at last year’s MEC Championship and followed directly behind Elbon in 39th place with a time of 30:01.
Junior Grace Craddock (New Castle, Va.) also improved upon her finish at last season’s MEC Championship race, placing 53rd (33:57) at today’s meet. Junior Caitlin Emond (Weber City, Va.) came in just after Craddock in 54th place, completing the 6K race in 34:42. Competing in her first MEC Championship, freshman MaryBeth Van Cleave (Jonesville, Va.) ran the course in 39:02 for a 61st-place finish.
Wheeling Jesuit University won its first-ever MEC title in women’s cross country after averaging 24:48 as a team and scoring just 24 points. West Virginia Wesleyan finished second with 35 points and a team average of 25:21, while Concord University took home third with 79 points and a 26:41 team average.
The Lady Cardinals had the top two women’s runners at meet with Kelsey Chambers winning the individual title in a time of 23:27 and teammate Kaitlyn Workman finishing second in 24:01. The Lady Bobcats’ Sydney Pineault took home third place with a time of 24:28.
The Cavs will now decide if they will compete at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship meet held in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, in two weeks on Saturday, Nov. 5.