Vanderbilt's women's cross country team won its first SEC title on Monday, placing five runners in the top 10.
The third-ranked Commodores finished with 30 team points, 31 points better than second-place Arkansas (61 points) to claim the title.
Placing in the top 10 were Alexa Rogers (2nd), Liz Anderson (4th), Jordan White (7th), Louise Hannallah (8th) and Kristen Smith (9th).
“Super race, fell right into our game plans,” said head coach Steve Keith after the race. “The ladies have always run strong the second half of the race. This is a really challenging course. We knew that there would be some natural attrition between the teams on the course about halfway and that if we stayed together the longest, that would give us the best shot.”
After a restart on the course, the ladies came barreling out of the box in a close group that held for the race. At the half-way mark of the 6K event, the team was in first place, a position that they held for the last half.
As at Wisconsin, the women outpaced even their coaches’ expectations, high as they were.
“I was thinking five in the top 15, not five in the top nine,” laughed Keith.
Led by Rogers, who finished second overall in the meet after what has already been her breakout season, the team.
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