The Southern Miss women’s cross country team took second place at the C-USA championship meet hosted in Clinton, Misissippi. The second-place finish was the best team finish in school history in the conference meet.
Ten points separated the Golden Eagles (87) from third place Rice (95) and fourth place Alabama at Birmingham (97). Charlotte captured the conference championship title with a score of 64 points.
The key to the Golden Eagles finish was the strong pack they had together that a 30-second spread which Southern Miss was the only team able to accomplish.
“The theme all year has been to run as a team, run together, and we had six people in a 30 second spread today,” said Head Coach Aaron Kindt. “As a team we ran a really hard race, at the 2500 meters we were fifth, but we held our composure, kept working and battled until the finish.”
Freshman Kate Mattox led the team with an 11th place finish, running a time of 17:43. Sophomore Regen McGee went almost stride for stride with Mattox as she finished in 12th place with a time of 17:45.
Sophomore Savannah McMillon finished third on the team taking 19th with a time of 17:57.
Senior Courtney Filliben made a big move from midway through the race that set up the team’s finish, as well as her 21st place and 18:09 finish. Rounding out the top five was freshman Natalya Dekleva-Hall who ran 18:13 and finished 24th, respectively.
Closing out the top seven was sophomore Monika Gebarzewska who ran 18:17 and freshman Emma Kate Holdbrooks who ran 18:40. Sophomore Theresa Harto ran 19:07 and junior Madeleine Bell ran 19:11.
Mattox was named freshman of the meet and was also named Second Team All-Conference C-USA along with McGee. McMillon and Filliben were also named Third Team All-Conference C-USA.
“Watching Kate, Regen and Savannah, step up all year and be so steady so young has been huge for us,” Kindt said. “Then today, watching Courtney run and be All-Conference, that’ll be a moment I remember for the rest of my life.”
The second-place finish qualifies the team for the NCAA South Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on November 10.