The UVa Wise women's cross country team ran at the South-Eastern Classic race Saturday. The race consisted of many of the best NAIA teams from around the southern region. This year's race contained half the number of teams compared to previous years, as many teams sought faster race courses instead in order to obtain fast times for late-season ranking purposes. The course at Berea is a classic cross country course involving crossing a stream twice, open fields, rolling hills, and inclines. It is fun to run but is not conducive to record times. Centre College won the women's race, with the UVa Wise finishing 9th of 15 schools (10 scoring).
Megan Hilliard led the team, finishing 52nd in 23:44; follwed in close succession by Samantha Balthis (54th, 23:55), Whitney Carico (55th, 24:10), Emily Brock (57th, 24:31), and Madison Compton (59th, 24:59). The women ran close together in a pack for much of the race, helping each other along. Candice Discepolo, having missed half the season due to a hip injury, returned to action today in her second ever college race. She improved on her previous time by two seconds for a 63rd place finish in 27:09.