SEWANEE, Tenn.—Juniors Robert Willett and Jessica Thornton were Birmingham-Southern's top finishers, earning All-Conference honors at the 2011 Cross Country Championships today, hosted by Sewanee.
It was the first-ever SCAC championship appearance for BSC. Willett placed third overall in the men's field, notching a new 8K personal record time of 26:04.02. Thornton took 11th on the women's side with a 5K time of 23:00.92, which was also a personal best.
Overall, the Panther men finished seventh, and the women were eighth.
To listen to an interview with Willett conducted by the SCAC office, click here.
"I am so very proud of our entire team," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "They have been working so hard and we finally were able to line up and compete against the conference. Robert and Jessica both continued to lead the team and did it in an amazing way. It was a competitive field and they really fought from beginning to end. This one championship has transformed the future of our program already and this program will never be the same!"
Centre College won the SCAC women's title, while Colorado College was the men's champion.