JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 7, 2018) – Running against another strong field of teams, Tallahassee Community College delivered another solid performance at Friday's University of North Florida XC Invitational.
With 176 points, the Tallahassee women finished sixth in the team standings, just seven points behind fifth-place Bethune-Cookman. More importantly, the Eagles bested Region 8 rivals Daytona State College, Florida Gateway College and Seminole State College, who finished seventh through ninth, respectively, as well as Edward Waters College.
The Eagle men finished seventh with 191 points, 18 points behind sixth-place Daytona State, but 15 points clear of Jacksonville University (206) and well ahead of Region 8 foe Florida State College at Jacksonville (254).
The Florida Gators took first place in the women's team standings while host North Florida claimed the men's team title.
Individually, it was a record-setting day for the Eagles.
Friday marked the first official 3K race in school history for the women, and Genevieve Printiss crossed the line first for the Eagles, establishing a school-record time of 12:10.25, good for 43rd overall in the field of 105 runners.
The next four scorers all crossed the finish line in a span of 21 seconds, led by Kendall Ward (12:25.59) and Mia Wiederkehr (12:27.34) who finished 51st and 52nd, respectively. Rachel Williams posted a 12:37.07 in 58th and Dorcas Jepleting finished 65th in 12:46.33.
Peri Thompson finished the race in a time of 15:26.23.
In the men's 5K race, Brandon Flagler was the Eagles' top runner for the first time this season, finishing in 17:21.48, topping Jesse Boyd's time in the season-opening Cougar XC Challenge on August 24.
Flagler finished 37th overall while Boyd was next in 48th (18:12.84).
Three Eagles crossed the finish line in succession beginning with Gannon Hundley in 54th (18:29.43) followed by Simon Hodgson (18:34.68) and Gio Duran (18:39.82).
Dalton Gray ran an 18:45.89 and Andrew McMillan finished in 19:07.46.
Up next for the Eagles will be the annual Prefontaine Forest Run 5K, an annual community event hosted by Gulf Winds Track Club on September 15 at Silver Lake.