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June 15, 2024 1:29 am

Trojan women’s cross country finishes eighth

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Freshman Ciara Sulton earned all-league honors Nov. 5 as the University of Mount Olive women’s cross country program finished eighth overall in the team standings at the Conference Carolinas Championships.

The Trojans registered 177 points at the league meet in a field of 11 teams. King repeated as Conference Carolinas champions with 52 points, as all five scorers placed in the top 20 overall. Converse and UNC Pembroke finished narrowly behind in the team standings with 53 and 54 points, respectively.

Sulton received All-Conference Second Team status after finishing 13th overall with a season-best time of 24 minutes, 4.8 seconds. A Georgia native, she led the team in all five races this season and collected her second career top 15 finish in her career.

Sophomore Celine Fleurilus finished in 24th place and shattered her career-best time after crossing the line in 24:56.1. It marked her best overall finish at the league meet as she missed all-league honors by three positions.

Freshman Natalie Baldwin registered a season-best time of 25:22.1 to place 27th overall. Sophomores Paige Witteborg and Jacqueline Thring finished back-to-back. Witteborg crossed the line at 27:51.6 to finish 62nd overall, while Thring placed right behind to round out the team scorers with a time of 27:53.5.

Sophomore Caroline Allred also competed in the meet and finished in 70th place with a time of 28:31.1.

UNC Pembroke senior Jackline Kosgei earned the individual title by more than 47 seconds after crossing the line in 22:06.