Simms sets Scots' school standard in Royals Challege

Simms sets Scots' school standard in Royals Challege

Maryville College's Lilly Simms set the new Maryville College school record on Friday afternoon, as they Scots took part in the Royals Cross-Country Challenge in Queens, N.C.

MC defeated numerous NCAA Division II and NAIA squads on Friday, as they took part in the highly touted raced. The Scots ranked second overall amongst Division III competitors.

Simms – a first-year runner for Maryville – broke the Scots' 5K record on Friday afternoon, as she finished the course in a time of 19:24.6. Simms ranked 144th in a field of 541 competitors.

Lea Mulligan ran a 20:55.9, placing 293rd individually. Hannah Mattison ranked 336th with a time of 21:31.0, while Maleah Wooten's 24:18.2 was good enough for 468th. Mikala Wooten was 479th at 24:50.9, as Emily Cooper ran a 25:28.7. Rebecca Starks rank the 5K course in 26:46.9, as Sarah McFann ran a 28:25.0 Kennedy Hardnett ran a 32:20.0 on the Queens, N.C. course.

Maryville ranked 47th out of 63 teams – many of those with scholarship runners. They averaged a 22:12.12 on the day.

Hannah Steelman of Wofford took the individual crown with a time of 16:48.3, while Leah Hanley of Mount Olive ranked second with a time of 16:54.3. Emily Kearny of Savannah College of Art and Design ranked third at 17:10.7, as Lee's Celine Ritter and Chloe Flora rounded out the top five.

Lee University (Tenn.) won the challenge as a squad with an average time of 17:53.22. Furman ranked second at 18:09.08, while Malone was third at 18:08.08. Davidson and Cedarville finished fourth and fifth.

This race wraps up the regular season for Maryville College, as they look toward the USA South Championship race in Rocky Mount, N.C. The Championship is slated for Nov. 2.