Mulligan wins MC Invite; Simms places third to lead Scots to second overall

Mulligan wins MC Invite; Simms places third to lead Scots to second overall

Maryville College's Lea Mulligan won the Maryville College Invitational on Friday night, as she and Lilly Simms led the Scots to a second-place finish as a squad.

Mulligan won the race in a time of 24:12.14, while Lilly Simms placed third individually. The race marks Simms' third top-three finish in as many races in her MC career.

"I'm excited, because it was on our home course," Mulligan said after the race. "We do workouts here twice a week, so it's nice to have a mantra on all the hills. Going forward, I'm super excited because we have a lot of flat courses coming up. We'll just have to see how it pays off on faster courses."

The duo led the Scots to a second-place finish behind Covenant College. The Georgian Scots placed six runners in to top-10 of the race, as their seventh ranked 12th.

Walter State Community College followed Maryville in third, while Cleveland State Community College ranked fourth in the final standings.

Covenant's Sarah Kate Lipperd placed second individually with a time of 25:16.44 – more than a minute behind Mulligan. Simms ranked third, as she finished the course in 25:39.54.

"It wasn't my best performance," Simms said. "I wasn't feeling great from the start, but I do feel like after Berea that I'm set up for a good season. I just have to be smarter about recovery and getting to the starting line healthy."

Maleah Wooten ranked 13th individually with a time of 30:34.45, while Mikala Wooten ranked 14th at 30:35.45. Emily Cooper was 19th with a time of 32:50.95, as Rebecca Starks placed 20th at 33:31.45. Sarah McFann was 23rd at 39:27.56, while Kennedy Hardnett finished the course in 43.33.37.

Maryville will have just a week off before they travel to Louisville, Ky. for the Greater Louisville Classic. The race is slated for Saturday, Oct. 5.