GREENVILLE, SC – Presbyterian College freshman Sally Hart broke the school’s 6k record and led the team with a time of 24:01 at the Furman Classic on Saturday morning. The Blue Hose finished 13th with an average 6k time of 25:26.
Hart (Asheville, NC) broke the previous school record by 21 seconds and finished 56th overall. It marks the second week in a row that a PC freshman has set a school record and only leaves the 5k mark (19:45) unbroken.
Four of the five remaining Blue Hose runners showed over a minute of improvement from their previous 6k best with the fifth being a freshman. Bea DiBona (Charleston, SC) improved to run 25:08 while Ripley Fricano (Atlanta, Ga) was close behind at 25:23 in her first 6k. Sarah Jennings (Lexington, SC), Hayley McCoy (Chapin, SC) and Abby Waldron (Clinton, SC) all improved to run times of 26:14, 26:23 and 30:27 respectively.
Auburn won the women's team title with an average time of 21:27 and score of 30 points. Furman’s Allie Buchalski ran 21:00 to win the individual title by nine seconds over the Tigers' Brenda Kigen.
Georgia finished second (86), Furman third (89), Clemson fourth (90) and Wake Forest fifth (95). Rounding out the top-10 was High Point (154), Western Carolina (231), East Tennessee State (254), Tennessee Tech (255) and Mercer (282). PC finished 13th (368) and closely trailed 11th place Wofford (338) and 12th place VMI (349).
Emory won the women's non-Division I title with an average time of 22:58 and score of 50 points. There were 22 teams in field.
PC will race their first 5k of the season next Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Asheville Cross Country Carnival. First race is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.