SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Augusta University women's cross country team began the 2017 season on Friday, Sept. 1 at the Eye Opener Invitational, hosted by USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C., and finished second out of five Division II teams.
Hosted by the USC Upstate Spartans at Milliken Research Park, the 2017 Eye Opener featured a men's 8K, followed by the women's 5K. Anderson won the women's title, Augusta carded second, Emmanuel third, Limestone fourth and Converse fifth. USCU, Furman, Wofford, and Presbyterian competed in the Division I race.
Augusta freshman Micah Weathers willed the team to second overall by placing 16th with a time of 19:16.5 in her first collegiate race. Senior Lara Way sealed 20th in 19:55.0 and sophomore McKenzie Knudsen got 26th in 20:09.8.
Finishing just outside of the top 30 was rookie Miranda Taylor who placed 34th (20:29.5), followed by seniors Amber Palermo in 36th (20:31.6), Olivia Rodriguez in 43rd (20:51.1), and Diana Petrmichlova in 50th (21:10.0). Sophomore Sinead O'Bryant crossed in 21:24.8 to take 53rd and sophomore Rachel Hammesfahr rounded out AU in 61st (22:17.4).
Augusta hosts the ninth annual Jaguar Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9. Augusta will race a men's 8K and women's 5K for the second year in a tow at the Jackson Cross Country Course and Trails on the Flowing Wells Campus of Episcopal Day School.
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