Spartanburg, SC --- Jennifer Hitt led the way for Anderson University en route to her third CVAC Women’s Cross Country Championship.  Anderson University claimed the CVAC Women’s Cross Country Championship for the second straight year.  The Trojans had four runners finish in the top ten.  Lees-McRae finished in second place, 19 points behind the Trojans.

 

“The course’s rolling hills tired your legs, but you were able to stride it out,” said Hitt of the Milliken Corporate Course.  “The hill at the end, right before the finish line, was tough.”

 

“Jennifer stuck to her race plan, like she always does, and ran well,” stated Coach Randy Greer. “We knew if she ran well, she would be tough to beat.”

 

She was indeed tough to beat; the junior won her third consecutive CVAC Championship by 15 seconds.  Dana Lindholm of Lees-McRae finished the race in second place, followed by Queens College runner Whitney Dennis.  Kasey Harold of Anderson and Alyson Trovato of St. Andrews Presbyterian College rounded out the top five.

 

St. Andrews sported two top ten finishers to claim third place with 78 points.  Queens College, with 96 points, finished in fourth place which was 37 points ahead of Barton College who completed the top five.

 

Pfeiffer finished in sixth place while Coker was seventh.  Host institution, Converse College finished the event in eighth place.  Limestone was ninth, ahead of Belmont Abbey.  Mount Olive College and Erskine College rounded out the 12 team field.

 

“Our ladies have run exceptional all season,” commented Coach Greer, who is in his first season as the Head Cross Country of Anderson.  “We have had a lot of injuries this year, but our team showed heart and got through the set backs.”

 

2006 CVAC Women’s Cross Country All-Conference Awards

 

1st Team

Jennifer Hitt – Anderson

Dana Lindholm – Lees-McRae

Whitney Dennis – Queens

Kasey Harold – Anderson

Alyson Trovato – St. Andrews

 

2nd Team

Diana Willard – Anderson

Veronica Gobeyn – St. Andrews

Megan Deaton – Anderson

Melissa Dunlap – Pfeiffer

Ashley may – Lees-McRae

 

Honorable Mention

Leah Nicholson – St. Andrews

Ashley Hillard – Barton

Sarah Powell - Converse

Katie Carman – Queens

Alison Butler – Pfeiffer

 

Freshman of the Year

Dana Lindholm – Lees-McRae

 

Coach of the Year

Randy Greer – Anderson

 

Runner of the Year

Jennifer Hitt – Anderson

 

CVAC Women’s Results:

Cross Country Championship 10-21-06

   Event 1  Women 5k Run CC

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    Name                    Year School                Avg Mile     Finals  Points

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  1 Hitt, Jennifer            JR Anderson                6:14.5   19:23.37    1

  2 Lindholm, Dana            FR Lees-McRae              6:19.5   19:38.84    2

  3 Dennis, Whitney           JR Queens                  6:20.3   19:41.29    3

  4 Harold, Kasey             SR Anderson                6:21.9   19:46.47    4

  5 Trovato, Alyson           SO St. Andrews             6:22.7   19:48.95    5

  6 Willard, Diana            SO Anderson                6:25.8   19:58.58    6

  7 Gobeyn, Veronica          SO St. Andrews             6:28.3   20:06.17    7

  8 Deaton, Megan             FR Anderson                6:31.5   20:16.17    8

  9 Dunlap, Melissa           JR Pfeiffer                6:33.2   20:21.60    9

 10 May, Ashley               FR Lees-McRae              6:33.7   20:23.14   10

 11 Nicholson, Leah           SO St. Andrews             6:35.8   20:29.47   11

 12 Hilliard, Ashley          JR Barton                  6:36.4   20:31.52   12

 13 Powell, Sarah             SO Converse                6:37.4   20:34.55   13

 14 Carman, Katie             SO Queens                  6:38.2   20:37.14   14

 15 Butler, Alison            SR Pfeiffer                6:46.1   21:01.71   15

 16 Reichwald, Molly          FR Limestone               6:46.6   21:03.12   16

 17 Swart, Carla              FR Lees-McRae              6:46.9   21:04.17   17

 18 Valenti, Gina             FR Lees-McRae              6:47.2   21:05.11   18

 19 Ruppert, Besty            SO Converse                6:47.8   21:06.79   19

 20 McClure, Jena             SO Queens                  6:48.1   21:07.68   20

 21 Willis, Casey             SR Lees-McRae              6:50.5   21:15.22   21

 22 Gimbel, Traci             SR Barton                  6:51.5   21:18.36   22

 23 Ambrosia, Rachel          FR St. Andrews             6:52.7   21:21.97   23

 24 Richardson, Broke         SR Barton                  6:53.9   21:25.88   24

 25 Sanchez, Sairy            JR Queens                  6:55.4   21:30.33   25

 26 Sarra, Leanne             28 Barton                  6:55.7   21:31.37   26

 27 Hurd, Jenny               SO Lees-McRae              6:56.0   21:32.37   27

 28 Cloonan, Mary             SR Converse                6:56.7   21:34.52   28

 29 Hillebrand, Meghan        JR Pfeiffer                6:58.3   21:39.61   29

 30 Guffee, Ashten            JR Anderson                6:59.2   21:42.14   30

 31 Rienstra, Heidi           FR Coker                   6:59.5   21:43.17   31

 32 Woodard, Heather          FR St. Andrews             7:01.0   21:47.98   32

 33 Townley, Shannon          SO Coker                   7:03.7   21:56.14   33

 34 Hansson, Natasha          SR Queens                  7:04.0   21:57.33   34

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