Trojans Finish 5th At Bulldog Stampede; Hanle Claims Individual Title

Courtesy of Wingate Athletics - David Sherwood and Hugh Patton.
Courtesy of Wingate Athletics - David Sherwood and Hugh Patton.

WINGATE, North Carolina - The University of Mount Olive women's cross country team kicked off their season today as the Trojans competed at the Bulldog Stampede hosted by the Wingate University Bulldogs. The Trojans finished fifth overall as a team while senior Leah Hanle claimed the individual title with a first-place finish.

The women ran a 6K course that is the same course that will be the host site for the 2019 NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Race later this fall. The course features some hilly terrain to challenge the runners.

Senior Leah Hanle was the highest finishing Trojan claiming a first-place finish and the individual champion title with a 22:02.3 time. 

Sophomore Amber Owens, the reigning Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, rounded out the top ten for the Trojans with a 10th place finish in 23:24.4.

Lena Kaster and Sarah Faith McAllister finished 37th and 38th respectively collecting 34 and 35 points for the UMO Team finish, while Madeline Carkeet finished 47th for 42 team points.

Meredith Lorient rounded out the race for UMO finishing with a time of 33:36.5

Link to full results.

The Trojans are back on the course in two weeks when they head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the Paul Short Invitational. The Paul Short is host by Lehigh University on October 5th, and will features Division I, II, and III teams from across the country.