CLINTON, Miss.—Senior Robert Willett placed second overall to earn First-Team All-Conference honors at the inaugural Southern Athletic Association Cross Country Championship, held earlier today at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Miss. The BSC men finished fourth overall, while the women were sixth.
Willett ran the 8K course with a time of 25:09.52, three seconds behind Centre's John Kieffer who was crowned conference champion. Freshman Scott Wheat was BSC's second finisher at 20th, followed by freshman Jordan McKnight at 21st, junior Christian Clesi at 28th, senior David Olsen at 35th, sophomore Scotty Wild at 38th, and freshman John White at 43rd in the field of 78 runners.
For the women, freshman Kelsey Holdbrooks was the top BSC finisher at 16th with at 5K time of 23:59.68, followed by freshman Katie Ann Bass at 21st, sophomore Victoria Ports at 30th, sophomore Hallie Jordan at 47th, and senior Alexa Ruiz at 70th.
Both the Centre men and women won the team and individual titles today.
"I am very proud of the way our athletes competed at conference today," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "Our entire men's team ran personal bests and fought hard as a collective unit from the beginning of the race. On the women's side, the effort was unbelievable and it was great to see them fight for every mile. For our seniors, this was a very special day and I am happy for them as well. Robert continued to showcase his talent and leadership in the race, and he had a big day. Olsen also ran well and put together one of the best races of his career here at BSC. The best is yet to come for our programs and we are excited about the positive work that we continue to produce!"