Cross Country: Panthers set 11 personal records at Foothills Invitational

Cross Country: Panthers set 11 personal records at Foothills Invitational

OXFORD, Ala. – Sophomore Holly Moreland of the LaGrange College cross country team set a personal record with a time of 23:06.40 in the 5-kilometer race, as she led the Panthers and placed 94th overall out of 179 runners at the Foothills Invitational on Saturday morning at Choccolocco Park.

Moreland, who earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2018, has been LaGrange's top-performer in all nine of her career meets. Sophomore Bryan Storie led the way on the men's side, placing 66th overall out of 211 competitors on the 8-kilometer course with a time of 28:18.10. Storie, who was coming off a first-place finish and a runner-up nod over his last two meets, has been the Panthers' top-performer in all 10 of his career meets.

The Panthers finished in 17th out of 25 with a team score of 483 on the men's side, while finishing 16th out of 21 with a score of 444 in the women's standings.

"Both of our teams did a great job on Saturday, as we ran at a very competitive meet at Jacksonville State University," said Panthers head coach Jasen Jonus. "There were a lot of Division I, II and III teams, along with NAIA teams, at this meet and we competed with all of them. We really wanted to use this meet to help humble us before heading into the conference championship on Nov. 2. To be the best we have to run against some of the best to see where we need to be. I feel like we are slowly getting there each race."  

Freshmen Jyheem Rollins and Garret Callahan set personal records for the Panthers. Rollins recorded a time of 31:23.10, as he finished in 121st overall and was LaGrange's second-place performer for the fourth time this fall. Callahan clocked a time of 32:31.40, en route to being the team's third-place finisher for the second-straight meet.

Senior Darius Wonnum was the fourth Panther to cross the finish line, tallying a personal-best time of 34:03.30. Rounding out the top-five for LaGrange was freshman Elijah Rachel (35:54.20).

Other strong efforts came from freshman Malcolm Roberts (35:54.80), junior Gavin Battle (41:54.10) and senior Kyle Hildebrand (personal record of 43:37.10).

On the women's side, freshman Alex Whiten recorded a personal-best time of 24:09.80, finishing in the second slot for the Panthers and 110th overall. Whiten has been outstanding as a rookie, finishing in the team's top-two in all four meets.

Senior Liz Minick finished 131st overall with a personal-best mark of 26:16.10, as she has finished in the Panthers' top-three on three different occasions this fall. Sophomore Karli Whitaker (26:47.00) and junior Alexis Westrick (27:15.10) rounded out LaGrange's top-five with personal records.

Junior Natalie Glass (27:47.00) and freshman Jessica Breeding (27:57.30) also performed well with personal-best efforts.

The Panther teams will be back in action at the USA South Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, at N.C. Wesleyan in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.