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Tough Field Leaves Cross Country Behind

Megan Evans in the race

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- The field in Saturday's Berry Invitational proved too strong and deep for the Meredith College Avenging Angels, who placed 18th out of the 24 participating teams. Macy Brinson maintained her position as the first Angel to cross the line leading Meredith to fourth of six USA South programs in the race.

Facing off against nearly 220 runners competing from each of the NCAA Divisions, as well as NAIA programs, in the team's largest field of the season, Brinson paced the Angels with her second-best 6K time of the season. Megan Evans improved her most recent time by more than eight seconds to fall in line at second for Meredith.

Allie Bucknam scored third for MC, and Emma Travis finished fourth for the Avenging Angels, trimming 47.02 seconds off her time from two weeks ago in Tennessee.

Off her pace Saturday Ana Lucia Rodriguez-Salazar scored fifth for MCXC. Meredith Wyatt and Rachel Hill crossed the line back-to-back with Hill dropping more than 24 seconds from her time in just her second race on the season. Rookie Grace Beale ran her first collegiate race today, and classmate Isabelle Pasley dropped more than three minutes from her 6,000m pace set at the Wingate Stampede last month.

Today's race helped the Angels ready for the USA South Championship, back on the campus of Maryville College on Friday, Oct. 26. In early November the team will return to Berry, home of the 2018 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regionals.