From Harding University
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Harding women's cross country team earned its first team championship in over a year Saturday with a victory at the Gulf Coast Stampede, hosted by the University of West Florida at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.
Harding placed five runners in the top 25 and won with 49 points. Division I schools Alabama State (75 points) and Southern Mississippi (97 points) were second and third, respectively.
The team championship was the first for the Harding women since winning the 2009 Gulf South Conference Meet.
Harding's top runner was freshman Ewa Zaborowska, who completed the 5K race in 18 minutes, 13 seconds and placed third in her first-ever collegiate race. Senior Gladys Kimtai was fifth in 18:30, and senior Mary Samoei was also in the top 10, placing seventh in 18:38. Samoei's time was a personal best in a 5K race.
Stephanie Ledgerwood of Southern Mississippi won the individual title in 17:54.
A pair of freshmen rounded out Harding's top five. Dallis Bailey was 19th in 19:20 and Amber Priest was 22nd in 19:37. Other Harding finishers included junior Allison Dixon (26th, 19:48), sophomore Rachel Roberts (33rd, 20:04), sophomore Allie Adams (51st, 20:57), and Molly Elliott (97th, 23:44). Dixon, Roberts and Adams all set personal bests.
The Lady Bisons, ranked sixth in the NCAA II South Central Region, were running for the first time since placing ninth at the Memphis Twilight Classic on Sept. 4.
Harding's next meet is next Saturday at the Jackling Jacobs Invitational in Rolla, Mo.