The Mercer University women’s cross country team finished seventh at the 2015 Southern Conference Cross Country Championship at the Furman University Golf Course thanks to a Top-20 performance from senior Jenna Gipperich.
Gipperich fell just shy of All-SoCon honors, finishing 19th overall with a time of 19:23.43 on Saturday morning. She was followed by fellow senior Kami Orrender, who crossed the line in 19:44.42 to place 26th overall.
Freshman Bethanie Bailey was the Bears’ third finisher in the race, completing the 5k course in 20:10.10 en route to a 36th place finish. The Warner Robins, Ga., native was the fifth freshman to cross the finish line, joining the men’s team’s Ahmed Jama on the SoCon All-Freshman Team.
Cheyenne Andrew was just seconds behind Bailey in 39th place with a time of 20:19.64, while Victoria Rogers (20:38.53) rounded out the Top 5 in 47th.Courtney Czerniak finished sixth for the Bears in 20:39.13, while Shannon Millikin (20:47.74) and Kataryna O’Neil (21:21.95) wrapped up Mercer’s runners in action.
Mercer tallied 164 points on the strength of a 20:03.23 average time and saw its bid for a fifth straight conference championship with a sixth place or better team finish fall short. Furman claimed the team title for the fourth straight year, while Chattanooga and UNC-Greensboro rounded out the top three.
Mercer closes out the 2015 season at the NCAA South Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Friday, November 13.