FORSYTH, Ill. – After running in larger meets for its first two competitions of the season, Stephens College cross country scaled back and participated in the H.W. Wright Classic on Friday at Forsyth Park. The field was comprised of just three teams including Millikin University, the host institution.
Navigating their first 6K course of 2015, the Stars took second place behind Millikin. The sub-30 minute performances by Brittany Stanfield and Julie Valentine was plenty to push the Stars past Blackburn College, the other competitor in the field.
Stanfield finished first among SC runners with a time of 29:47.80 and was 10th overall behind nine Millikin University athletes. Julie Valentine also clocked in under 30 minutes with her time of 29:53.40. The junior from Portland, Ind., has made giant strides from last year, shaving off more than 1 minute and 20 seconds from her 6K mark at the Maryville Cross Country Open (31:17.80).
The next pack of Star runners consisted of Juliana Hitchcock and Fey Chavez, who placed 14th and 15th respectively. Hitchcock crossed the finish line at 31:50.90, while Chavez was nearly 30 seconds behind with a time of 32:17.00.
Rounding out the Stephens competitors were Melissa Brereton (17th), who had a career best time of 35:42.10, Emily Hatfield (22nd) at 40:32.40 and Lyubov Sheremeta (23rd) at 40:33.80.
The Stars will be back in action next weekend at the Gary Stoner Invitational, which is hosted annually by Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. The meet is set to start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.
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