Emily Shaw and Rebecca Farnsley placed among the top 25 out of 153 runners as University of Mount Olive finished fifth out of 17 teams in the Furman University Women's Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Greenville, S.C. The meet was the Trojans' season opener.
Shaw finished 23rd with a time of 24:10.63 in the 6k race. Farnsley was right behind Shaw in 24th with a time of 24:10.66. Kelsey Valentine (24:35.01) finished 31st, Bailee Henry (24:59.29) was 45th and Julia Bridges (25:52.31) placed 76th.
Mount Olive amassed 179 points to finish 10 points behind fourth-place and defending Conference Carolinas champion King. The Trojans finished second out of seven Conference Carolinas schools. Emory won the meet with 36 points.
Mount Olive is idle until October 4 when the Trojans travel to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the Louisville Classic. Louisville is the site of the 2014 NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country National Championship. Three of Mount Olive's four regular season meets take place in October.