The Cavaliers of Montreat College hosted the AAC Cross Country
Championships for the second consecutive year. Over 100 runners gathered
on Saturday's chilly morning to take on one of the truest tests and toughest cross
country courses in the southeast.
Austin Ellis of Milligan College took home the top spot by winning the
grueling 8K race in a record 24:53. Bryan College (#5 nationally) took
the team honors with 20 points, 24 points ahead of second place
Milligan. Montreat College was third with 87 points.
Leading the way for the Cavaliers was senior Ben Hall
Hall finished his last AAC race in 8th place, his highest finish at the
conference championship. Hall covered the distance in his personal best
time of 25:52. By finishing in the top 5 spots outside of the winning
team, Ben earned himself a trip to the NAIA National Championship later
this month. This will be Hall's third time qualifying for the national
Other personal best performances were run by Jared Nielsen
(Jr./ Charlotte, NC), Alex Brito
(Fr./ Mooresville, NC), Noah Hall
(So./ Columbus, NC) and David Parker
(Fr./ Charlotte, NC). Nielsen finished in 25th overall with a career
best 27:41, while teammates Brito ran to a PB of 28:09 and Noah Hall finished in 37th overall with a career best of
29:38. And freshman David Parker set his personal best time at 32:22.
Alex Brito was named to the All-AAC Freshmen team by finishing as the 6th fastest freshman in the men's 8k. Brito's 29th place finish and his 28:09 is the Cavalier program's fastest 5th man time. The Cavaliers average team time of 27:22 was the program's fastest average in school history.
Montreat's places and times:
Ben Hall- 8th, 25:52Winston Rheinbolt
- 23rd, 27:34
- 24th, 27:35
Jared Nielsen- 25th, 27:41
Alex Brito- 29th, 28:09Hunter Howe
- 33rd, 28:34
- 45th, 31:44
David Parker- 48th, 32:22
On the women's side, Milligan College (#14) once again took home the AAC
crown with a team score of 21 points. Montreat College finished 4th
with a team total of 93 points.
Montreat was led by junior Lindsay Mizok
(Weddington, NC). Mizok
narrowly missed qualifying for nationals by one place, finishing in 12th
overall in a fine time of 20:34. Rebecca Henderson
SC) and Elyse Gildernew
(Sr./ Lookout Mountain, GA) finished 19th and
20th place, respectively. Freshman Kimberly HIbbitt
finished 22nd overall in 22:50, while teammate Katelyn Lukencena
Candler, NC) crossed the line in 35th overall in 26:08.
Kim Hibbitt also earned a spot on the All-AAC Freshmen Team by finishing as the fourth fastest freshman in the women's 5k race.
Click here for full WOMEN'S 5K RESULTS
or full MEN'S 8K RESULTS
The NAIA National Championship will be held in Vancouver, Washington on November 20th.