The Golden Eagles traveled to South Bend, Ind. to compete in a 5k at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational.
The Golden Eagles competed in the Gold Race instead of the Blue Race that featured many nationally ranked teams. However, Southern Miss still raced against several respectable programs such as: Iowa, Temple, Idaho State, Northern Iowa, Creighton to name a few.
“Solid day today, we definitely had some jitters and nerves going into this meet,” said Head coach Aaron Kindt. “Having never gone to a meet of this caliber before, I didn’t know how exactly we’d react, it’s not an environment that you can simulate in practice. They competed hard and gave us their best effort.”
Southern Miss came to South Bend ranked eighth in the South region, its highest ranking in school history. However, the Golden Eagles had a slower day for the team along with the typical Southern Miss pack not being as close together, compared to a 16-second spread two weeks ago.
Freshman Kate Mattox led the squad running 17:58 finishing 25th overall. Sophomores Regen McGee and Natalya Dekleva-Hall ran 18:05 and 18:12 finishing 30th and 36th overall, respectively. Sophomore Savannah McMillion continues to put together a strong season finishing fourth on the team running, 18:16. Rounding out the top five was sophomore Monika Gebarzewska running 18:33.
Sophomore Theresa Harto and senior Courtney Filliben had an off day running 18:53 and 19:11.
In their finish, the Golden Eagles defeated conference opponents Marshall and UTSA by one minute as a team.
“I’m pleased where we are at,” Kindt said. “I think this experience will carry over into the championship season later and into the spring.”
The Golden Eagles will take a week off before running in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in the Crimson Classic. The Crimson Classic will feature several of the most competitive teams in the South and will give a preview to the NCAA regional in November, which will be back in Tuscaloosa.