Junior Sadie Darnell won her third career race with a time of 17:37.52, a personal best.
Sep 6, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
CHARLESTON, Ill. -- The Saluki women's cross country team won in dominant fashion at the EIU Walt Crawford Open on Friday, scoring eight runners in the top-25 and six in the top-ten -- including first-place finisher, Sadie Darnell. This is the second straight year the Saluki women have gone into Charleston and come out with a team win.
Darnell, a junior native of Festus, Mo., beat out 138 other competitors in the 5K race for her third career victory as a Saluki. Darnell beat out last year's Walt Crawford victor, Evansville's Kelby Jenkins, by over two seconds at a personal best time of 17:37.52.
The remainder of the top-ten was imbued with Saluki maroon, as Southern took five of the next nine spots. Sophomore Kristen Levi led the way with a career-high finish of third and a personal best time of 17:44.64. Behind her were junior Lacey Gibson (fifth, 18:09.65), sophomore Kelley Gallagher (sixth, 18:10.02), junior Tori Parry (seventh, 18:12.09), sophomore Krista Menghini (eighth, 18:33.91), and sophomore Allison Gallo (14th, 18:46.92, career-high finish).
"This is the fastest women's team we've had in a long time on this course," said head coach Matt Sparks. "Our performance today bodes well for our goal of posting numerous all-conference runners later this year."
The Salukis return home on Sat., Sept. 21, for the Saluki Invitational, which kicks off at 10 a.m.
Women's 5K Results (bold denotes runner scored):
1. Sadie Darnell - 17:37.52
3. Kristen Levi - 17:44.64
5. Lacey Gibson - 18:09.65
6. Kelley Gallagher - 18:10.02
7. Tori Parry - 18:12.09
8. Krista Menghini - 18:33.91
14. Allison Gallo - 18:46.92
22. Alyssa Allison - 19:15.85
32. Eileen Schweiss - 19:33.79
43. Sarah McIntosh - 19:53.83
48. Melissa McDonald - 20:08.53
66. Jessica Jump - 20:57.40
68. Alexandra Walch - 21:00.61
71. Meg Fitzgerald - 21:13.59
93. Autumn Shearer - 22:18.58
96. Kaylyn Shaw - 22:37.28
109. Allison Goldasich - 23:23.24
110. Paige Coddington - 23:34.10