Mount Olive, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive women's cross country team had a successful weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, as they received their first ever national ranking in the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association national poll.
The Trojans come in at No. 21 in the latest coaches polls following a fourth place finish at the Furman Invitational and moving up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the USTFCCCA Southeast Regional rankings.
Leah Hanle, Celine Ritter, and Meredith Lorient all put forth record breaking performances at the Furman Invitational on Sept. 9. Hanle broke her own school record of 21:03 by shaving nearly 30 seconds off her time finishing the women's 6k in 20:49.97 and taking third in the race. In recognition for her outstanding performance, Hanle was named the Conference Carolinas Female Runner of the Week as well as the USTFCCCA Division II National Athlete of the Week.
Joining in the record breaking trend were Ritter and Lorient. Ritter ran a personal best as she moved into second in the UMO Women's Cross Country records with a time of 21:55.17, passing Chelsea Long's 2011 record of 21:57. Lorient moved into the top five in the UMO records as she set the fourth fastest time in school history at 22:07.22.
The women's cross country team will be in action again on September 23 at the Bulldog Stampede in Wingate, N.C.
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