Cross Country Update: Season on the home stretch for WXC teams

Photo courtesy of South Florida State College/Rick Hitt
Photo courtesy of South Florida State College/Rick Hitt

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 29, 2015) - Regular season meets have concluded for cross country and teams are now preparing for the NJCAA meet in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

Chipola College, Pasco-Hernando State College and South Florida State College have participated in meets around the Southeast since the season started last month. 

Most recently, Chipola competed at the Berry College Cross Country Invitational on October 17 and each of the team's five runners, including sophomore Margaret Wiedeman (26:43), earned personal records during the 6K race. 

Earlier in the month, Chipola finished second at the LaGrange Panther Invitational (October 10) and third at the Panther Invitational hosted by South Florida State (October 3).

South Florida State, who debuted in the sport this fall, took home first place honors at the Panther Invitational with 17 points. Pasco-Hernando State second (46) followed by Chipola and Warner University. 

South Florida State also swept the top three individual spots in the 5000 meter run - Grace Miller (19:59.00), Cali Gumpel (20:51.00) and Julia Soto (20:54.00). 

Meanwhile, Pasco-Hernando State has enjoyed a busy fall schedule. The Quistas have run at meets in Tampa, Gainesville, Warrenville, Ill., AVon Park, Orlando and New Port Richey. 

Next fall, the three schools will be joined by Tallahassee Community College.