Thornton places first, Willett second at Tiger Twilight Cross Country Invitational

SEWANEE, Tenn.—Junior Jessica Thornton placed first overall, and junior Robert Willett was second, at the Tiger Twilight Invitational this weekend, hosted by Sewanee.

Thornton ran a 6K time of 23:16.57 to become the individual champion on the women's side. Freshmen Victoria Ports and Hallie Jordan also medaled, placing 10th and 13th with times of 25:09.13 and 25:22.36, respectively. As a team, the Panthers finished fourth overall.

On the men's side, Willett came in second in the 8K race with a time of 27:05.02. Other medalists for the Panther men were sophomore Christian Clesi at ninth with a time of 28:29.41, freshman Scotty Wild at 12th with a time of 29:45.72, and junior David Olsen at 13th with a time of 30:03.37. BSC came in third as a team.

"I am so very proud of the way our teams performed today," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "They have each experienced productive training sessions over the past two weeks since the Vanderbilt meet, and showed that they are improving every week. This team is special and I am excited about the tremendous growth and heart of each one of these athletes. To have three women and four of our men on the awards list is amazing, and what is even more impressive is the fact that everyone today improved their times."

The Panthers are back in action next Saturday at the Foothills Invitational, hosted by Jacksonville State.