McKee, Keene Finish With Season-Best Times to Lead Bulldogs at SoCon Championships
Johns Island, S.C. – Sophomore Danielle McKee led all Bulldog runners with a personal-best time of 18:09, while junior teammate Kyle Keene recorded a season-best time of 25:19 on Saturday at the Southern Conference Championship race held at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island, S.C. The men's team finished the race in ninth place, while the women finished in 12th.
McKee finished the race in 28th place with a time of 18:09, which was over one minute better than her first time running the Trophy Lakes course back on Sept. 10. The sophomore closed out her second consecutive season as the Bulldogs leader in every race.
Behind McKee was Christina Shonbeck (19:42), Elizabeth Ordway (19:53), Nicole Ogilbee (19:59), Micah Wessinger (20:44), Erinn Carter (20:52), Emily Fields (20:59), and Jessica Loya (23:33). The women finished in 12th place with an average 5k race time of 19:41.
Kyle Keene bounced back strong after a midseason injury to take 23rd place with a time of 25:18. Behind Keene was Austin Waldrop (25:55), Atom Young (26:45), senior captain PJ Wasilchak (27:04), Jordan Ashley (27:14), John Gatewood (27:26), Paul Fleckenstein (27:38), Raeven Lantz (27:51), and Brandon Rabon (28:11). The men captured ninth place with an average 8k race time of 26:27.
UNC Greensboro's Paul Chelimo led from the start of the race as he claimed the individual men's title on the 8K course, finishing in a time of 23:11.56. Chelimo was 19 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ryan Hopkins of Davidson. UNCG's Joey Thompson and Paul Katam finished third and fourth, respectively, while Chattanooga's Chris Berry rounds out the top five finishers on the men's side.
UNCG's Ashley Schnell defended her title as she won the individual women's title on the 5K course, finishing in a time of 16:33.10, which set the new course record at Trophy Lakes by 20 seconds.