MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Freshman Alex Whiten of the LaGrange College cross country team put a stamp on her outstanding rookie season on Saturday, as she clocked a personal-best time of 28:15.3 on the 6-kilometer course during the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championship at Rhodes College.
|Jyheem Rollins finished in the Panthers' top-two in all six meets in 2019.|
Whiten finished 201st overall, as she has been the Panthers' first-place performer on the women's side in two meets this fall. During the other four meets, she finished in the unit's second slot. The first-year collegiate runner also performed admirably at the USA South Championship on Nov. 2, placing 58th overall.
Sophomore Bryan Storie led the charge for the Panthers on the men's side, finishing 178th overall (28:56.8) on the 8-kilometer course. The second-year collegiate runner has been LaGrange's top-performer in all 12 of his career meets. Storie placed first overall at the Middle Georgia Invitational on Sept. 7, and then earned runner-up honors at the N.C. Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 21.
Freshman Jyheem Rollins finished in the team's second slot for the sixth time this season, cruising through the course in a time of 32:02.3. Rollins placed 74th overall at the USA South Championship with a career-best time of 31:33.61.
Freshman Garret Callahan was the third Panther to cross the finish line with a time of 33:32.0. Callahan has been LaGrange's third-place finisher in four-consecutive meets.
Rounding out the top-five for the Panthers were freshman Elijah Rachel (35:56.3) and senior Kyle Hildebrand (44:20.7). Rachel and Hildebrand set personal records with times of 33:15.44 and 40:56.73, respectively, at the USA South Championship.
LaGrange's 2019 season comes to an end, as the Panthers reached new heights this fall under second-year head coach Jasen Jonus and assistant coach Sarah Bearden '18. The team was committed to getting better on a daily basis, as it shattered 11 personal records at the Foothills Invitational on Oct. 5. At the conference meet on Nov. 2, the Panthers broke another 11 personal records.