EDWARDSVILLE — Claire Brown ran a career best time and led SIUE women's cross country to a second-place finish at the SIUE Cross Country Challenge.
Brown, a senior from Petersburg, Ill., ran the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 35.4 second, topping her previous best by more than 20 seconds.
The Cougars scored 65 points to edge out Bellarmine for second place. Southeast Missouri was the team champion for the Challenge with four runners in the top five. The Redhawks scored 20 points.
"I think the women competed well," said SIUE coach Eileen McAllister. "They made a lot of progress. We still need to do some work in the middle of our race. We have to commit to it and not back down."
Renee Johns-Goodenough was SIUE's No. 2 runner for the event. Her 13th place time was 19:28.0. She was followed by Conradette King in 15th (19:54.9), Emily Conlon in 21st (20:12.4), Haley Briggs in 26th (20:29.1), and Erin Kennedy in 29th (21:05.3).
"I think everybody had a great experience," said McAllister. "We had the weather break for us today so that was huge."
The McKendree University women's cross country team raced its way to a sixth-place finish at the Illinois Intercollegiates, which were held at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais.
The Bearcats were bolstered by a pair of top-20 individual efforts at the Illinois Intercollegiates. Senior Hannah Inyart (Belleville East) was the top finisher for McKendree as she took 12th place in the field of 165 runners. Inyart covered the five-kilometer course in a time of 18:50. Fellow senior Megan Doty (Triad) also turned in a strong performance at the meet, placing 15th with a time of 19:01.8.
Freshman Karis Johnson was 34th in the final field as she crossed the finish line in a final time of 19:30.4.
The University of Chicago won the overall team championship, followed by Lewis University and host Olivet Nazarene University.
McKendree will return to action Sept. 28 at the Maryville University Cross Country Open in St. Louis. The women's race will begin at 10 a.m.
The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's cross country team took part in the Big River Cross Country Festival in St. Louis
The Lynx finished ninth out of 10 teams. Sarah Mueller crossing the finish line first for the Lady Lynx. Mueller finished with a time of 22:05 and a 36th overall. Miyabi Komatsu and Morgan Mense came in second and third for the Lady Lynx with finishing times of 23:39 and 23:59. Alyssa Flynn finished 50th overall and fourth for the Lady Lynx with a time of 24:03. Andrea Altadonna and Elea Jenkins finished fifth and sixth for the Lady Lynx with times of 25:20 and 26:02 respectively.
The women are back in action Saturday when they travel to Carbondale to take part in the Saluki Invitational. Race time is scheduled for 10 am.
Three SIUE runners placed among the top seven at the SIUE Cross Country Challenge.
The SIUE men finished in second as a team with 48 points. Southeast Missouri led the way with 36 points. Bellarmine placed third (65) and were followed by Western Illinois (76), Missouri Valley (100), Quincy (144), and Blackburn (175).
Nick Moore topped his personal best for a second straight week and placed third. He finished the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 41.7 seconds.
Clint Kliem was fifth in 25:52.2 while Scott Woodard placed seventh in 26:11.8.
"I thought the team competed well," said McAllister. "Our top three ran consistent and were competitive. Our four and five moved up, which is good. We just need them to keeping moving up."
SIUE's Keith Meyer took 16th overall (26:48.3). He was followed by Evan Morgeson (26:57.9), Luke Padesky (27:14.6), and Noah Isbell (27:36.4).
Craig Munie, of Southeast Missouri, was the individual medalist in 25:14.8.
Senior Blake DeLong turned in another strong performance in helping the McKendree University men's cross country team to a ninth-place showing at the Illinois Intercollegiates in Bourbonnais.
DeLong finished third in the field of 189 runners at the Illinois Intercollegiates, which were held on the Aspen Ridge Golf Course. DeLong, who led the way during the early stages of the event, crossed the finish line in a final time of 24:53.9 for eight kilometers. DeLong was fourth a week ago in the season-opening Stegemoller Classic in Evansville, Ind.
With his third-place effort, DeLong now has four consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to last season.
Sophomore Erick Korir registered a top-50 finish for McKendree as he took 37th overall time of 26:08.3.
McKendree will compet Sept. 28 in the Maryville University Cross Country Open in St. Louis. The men's program is scheduled to race at 11 a.m.
The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's cross country team took part in the Big River Cross Country Festival in St. Louis.
The Lynx were led by Erick Maldonado, who finished 46th overall with a time of 22:33. Jake Peal and Brandon Wise crossed the finish line second and third for the Lynx with times of 22:57 and 23:10. Chad Callahan and Stephen Wolk finished the race fourth and fifth for the Lynx with times of 23:49 and 27:01.
The men are back in action Saturday when they travel to Carbondale to take part in the Saluki Invitational. Race time is scheduled for 10 am.