By Randy Bruce
September 22, 2013
RUSTON, La. – Despite weather conditions that forced the relocation of the course on Saturday morning, Southeastern cross country turned in its best performance of the season thus far and won the Louisiana Tech Mook 5 Invitational in Ruston, La., on Saturday morning, with Bailee Weger posting a second place finish and an SE record run.
The Savage Storm finished with 47 points to take the top spot, placing three runners in the top 10 including Weger who ran a 19:42.93 which is the SE record for a 5K run.
“We ran really well today,” said head coach Ron Hair, “Everyone posted a personal best and really competed hard to take first. I’m proud of the way they worked today.”
The event featured 10 schools, with over half of them, including host Louisiana Tech, being Division I programs.
All six of SE’s runners posted personal bests on the day, highlighted by Weger’s record run.
Hayley Story dropped approximately 50 seconds off her previous best and turned in a 20:40.69 and crossed in eighth place.
Kayle Reaves came in right on her heels in ninth with a time of 20:44.49, shaving more than one and a half minutes off her season best.
Amanda Kirby turned in a 20:54.96 and matched Reave’s in knocking nearly one and a half minutes off her prior best and finished in 11th.
Tracie Lee ran in her first meet of the season and timed a 21:14.86 and crossed in 17th place.
Shelby Fraser continued to make big gains, finishing her run in 22nd with a new best time of 22:15.13.
The Storm will be back in action when it travels to Denton, Texas on Sept. 28 for the Ken Garland Invitational.