October 20, 2018 - by
Noles XC Women Pack Up For Bobcat Invitational Title

Individual Results
Team Scores

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Junior Hailey Hendry provided the low stick with a third-place finish and her Florida State teammates packed up nicely behind her at Saturday’s Bobcat Invitational, leading the Seminoles to victory over a 19-team field.

Hendry was the first Nole across the Council Farms Course finish line, covering 6,000 meters in 22:14.9, less than a second off her personal best at that distance. Freshman Ella Swigler was sixth overall (22:48.7), followed by the trio of sophomore Sarah Myers (23:02.4), freshman Sarah Parrish (23:06.2) and sophomore Kate Bernicke (23:18.5) in finishing positions 10-12.

With Micaela Torres (15th, 23:26.0) and Katie Kuhn (17th, 23:35.0) providing displacement points, the Noles’ developmental squad squeezed out a 42-54 victory over runner-up Alabama-Hunstville.

FSU’s impressive 1:04 split – the margin between the Noles’ first and fifth runners – was tops in the field.

In all, 13 of 16 Seminoles competing posted personal-best times in the event, hosted by Georgia College & State University. The 19-team field was comprised almost entirely of NCAA Division II programs, competing on a course which has served as host of conference and region meets.

FSU’s chase pack of Myers, Parrish and Bernicke – all of whom recorded personal-bests – were decisive in the win as they finished in front of Alabama-Huntsville’s Nos. 4-5 scorers, as did Torres and Kuhn. The Chargers, a perennial NCAA Division II Championships qualifier, came into the meet ranked No. 2 in the D2 South Region.

Of the 16 Seminole competitors, 15 were competing for the first time since the Sept. 22 Mountain Dew Invitational as a result of last week’s cancellation of the FSU Invitational due to Hurricane Michael. Seven of those were competing over 6,000 meters for the first time.

Noles XC Women Pack Up For Bobcat Invitational Title
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