CHARLESTON, ILL. – The SIUE women's cross country team finished third in the Walt Crawford Invitational 5K, despite the extreme heat.
Eastern Illinois and Murray State finished ahead of the Cougars with 20 and 55 points, respectively. The Cougars scored 98, outrunning Evansville, IPFW, and Missouri State.
"There were some really good improvements that we saw, but we definitely don't want to be behind two conference schools," said Head Coach Eileen McAllister.
The Cougars number one runner, junior Conradette King, ran a 5K personal best 19:37.12 which was good enough for 20th overall. She was followed by freshman Jess Clarke, who crossed the finish line in 25th place with a time of 19:53.62.
"I'm looking forward to continue to grow on this and see the progress that will be made," said McAllister. "If we keep training like we're training, we'll be fine when it really matters."
The Cougars will compete Fri. Sept. 12 on their home course for the SIUE Cross Country Challenge.