LUMBERTON, N.C. – The Lander cross country men finished eighth while the women finished ninth at the 2019 Peach Belt Conference Championships at Luther Britt Park in Lumberton, N.C., on Saturday.
Trent Powers led the men, finishing 53rd with a time of 29:43.8. Sam Smith covered the 4.97-mile course in 30:43.3 for 60th, followed by McKenna Burrows in 61st at 30:54. Samonzy Wiggins and Chase Couch finished 68th and 69th at 31:32.8 and 31:37.1. James Linn placed 85th at 36:29.9 and Joshua Chapman rounded out Lander's team with a time of 37:34 for 87th.
The Bearcat men finished ahead of three teams in the final standings, the most for Lander's men's program since 1999.
In the women's championship, Melanie Murray and Gabbi Hart led the Bearcats, finishing 60th and 61st with times of 21:48 and 21:49.3. Madison Chesney crossed the finish line in 66th in a time of 22:44.2. Katie Abare completed the 3.1-mile course in 22:56.4 to finish 70th, while Savannah Rackliffe's time of 24:34 was good for 83rd. Missy O'Toole finished 86th with a time of 25:48.2. Lindsey Thompson, Caroline Dietrich, Makenna Bradley, and Mia Crankfield finished 88th, 89th, 90th, and 91st, respectively, while Kennedy Bassard placed 95th.
After finishing last at the 2018 PBC Championship, the Bearcat women placed ahead of three teams on Saturday, including a Clayton State team that beat Lander by 52 points in last year's event.
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