By HALEY HALL
The men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted their first home race at Tallulah Falls on Sat. Oct. 3. It was a wet, muddy and gloomy day for the runners. The women’s 5K started at 10 a.m.
Second-year runner Reese Bowles finished in first place with a time of 24:44.11. Four, first-year runners also made the top ten, including Kristin Whitlock, finishing seventh; Mackenzie Devine, finishing eighth; Kayleigh Banks, finishing ninth; and Amber Duffy, finishing tenth.
“It was tough and muddy because of all the rain. We got runner up, having Brenau University beat us, but we still did well. We are working hard and are focused on conference,” Devine said.
The Lady Lions’ total time was 2:10:21.
The men started the 8K at 10:45 a.m.
“So far this season, we’ve accomplished a lot already, but we still have business to take care of, “said first-year runner Dewayne Cagle.
Out of Piedmont’s eight runners, four placed in the top five, and the other three finished in the top ten. These runners in the top five include first-year Clayton Thayer coming in second place, first-year Cagle coming in third place and in fourth place was first-year Jarrod Howell.
The men’s team marked a total time of 2:30:05. The number one runner for Piedmont was third-year runner Cody Parker. His time was 29:06.04.
Piedmont’s next race will be held in Greenville, Sc. They will be running in the Gene Mullin Invitational on Oct. 10. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. for the men and woman.