Lady Eagles Fly to Second Place
The Lady Eagles participated in the Kentucky Christian University Invitational 5k in Grayson, Kentucky, on October 26. The Lady Eagles set several team records, and flew to a second place finish. The race consisted of 37 runners and 6 teams, including several schools that offer scholarships to their runners.
Leading the way for the Lady Eagles was Clessie Kendrick. Kendrick finished fifth overall with a personal best time of 20:35.TFC’s Alisha Carlson ran on Kendrick’s heals and finished sixth with a time of 20:54. Finishing 16th overall for TFC was Rebekah Stillwell. Stillwell ran the course in 22:40. Christine Wells finished in 23:11, good enough for 18th overall. Jodi Braselton was TFC’s fifth runner to finish, and crossed the line in 23:52, 21st overall. Also competing for the Lady Eagles were Sarah Lockwood (24:31), Crystal Jackson (26:01) and Cristina Schmidt (27:04). Lockwood, Jackson, and Schmidt finished 24th, 31st, and 35th respectively. TFC’s 8 runners each finished in a personal best time. This is the first time in the 9 year history of the program that all runners on both teams received a trophy.
TFC finished the KCU Invitational in second place behind Asbury University. The Lady Eagles team total topped Pikeville College, Midway College, Johnson University, and Cincinnati Christian University. TFC will participate in the NCCAA national tournament in Cedarville, Ohio, on November 10.
TFC Hosts TFC Eagles Invitational
The men’s and women’s cross country teams at TFC hosted the annual TFC Eagle Invitational on October 12. The event was coupled with homecoming weekend, and was an exciting event for the participants. The uneven terrain and hills, the excitement of homecoming weekend, and the finish line at The Falls made the course a truly unique experience.
In the women’s 5K, TFC placed third out of four teams who competed. In total, there were 26 runners in the 5K. Erica Segars from Southern Wesleyan University won the 5k with a time of 20:54. For the Lady Eagles, Clessie Kendrick was fifth overall with a time of 22:19. Kendrick averaged 7:11 per mile. Alisha Carlson was 8th overall; her time was 23:04. Christie Wells and Rebekah Stillwater finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Wells finished in 23:05, 15 seconds ahead of Stillwater’s 23:20. Also running for the Lady Eagles were Jodi Braselton (26:34), Sarah Lockwood (27:37), Crystal Hankin (28:39), Cristina Schmidt, Emily Kresman, and Tiffany Rowlett. Coach Dale Garside said of the Lady Eagles runners, “The women’s team has improved significantly from last year’s team, notably with the addition of seven freshmen who joined TFC’s veterans.”
Both cross country teams will participate at Kentucky Christian University Invitational on Friday, October 26.
Lady Eagles Race at Southern Wesleyan Invitational (9/29)
TFC Lady Eagles finished 8th in the Southern Wesleyan University Invitational on September 29.
Facing 8 other schools and 68 runners, the Lady Eagles finished with an average time of 23:58 in their 5k race. Clessie Kendrick finished the race in 20:47. Her time placed her 13th overall. Alisha Carlson placed 34th with a time of 22:44. Rebekah Stillwell (23:14), Christine Wells (24:40), Crystal Jackson (28:25), Emily Kresman (30:30), Nicole Rupp (31:32), Carma Rowlett (34:27), and Tiffany Rowlett (35:30) also ran for the Lady Eagles.
The TFC Eagle Invitational will be held on homecoming weekend, October 12 at 4:30 pm. The annual race is the next event for both the men and women’s cross country teams.
Lady Eagles Begin Season at Eye Opener (9/2)
The women’s cross country teams at TFC participated in the Eye Opener, hosted by University of South Carolina-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC. As the only non-scholarship team participating in the event, the Lady Eagles faced a tough test from the beginning. Host USC-Upstate and most of the other participating teams are members of NCAA Division I. Despite the intense humidity and tough competition, the Eagles did have a few highlights on the day.
To lead the Eagles on the women’s side was sophomore Clessie Kendrick. Kendrick finished 97 out of 195 runners. Her 5k time was 23:02. Alisha Carson (26:16), Christine Wells (27:29), Rebekah Stillwell (28:12) and Jodi Braselton (28:16) also counted for the Eagles.
Coach Dale Garside said, “Our strong core of veterans along with two competitive newcomers show great promise for upcoming races in our conference.” The Eagles will travel to Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee, this weekend for the Johnson University Invitational.
Lady Eagles Compete at KCU Late Knights Run (11/4)
The Toccoa Falls College women’s cross country team competed in the Kentucky Christian University Late Knights Run and finished fourth out of five teams. The other teams competing were: Indiana University East (1st), Midway (2nd), Johnson Bible (3rd), and West Virginia Tech (5th). Alisha Carlson finished fourth overall and led the Lady Eagle runners with at time of 23:31. The next four Lady Eagle runners were Kathleen Lipson 24:03, Christine Wells 26:47, Stephanie Moore 29:29, and Laurie Smith 32:42. The next meet for the Lady Eagles will be at the NCCAA Div. II Nationals Saturday November 13.
Lady Eagles Compete at Oglethorpe Invitational (10/19)
The Toccoa Falls College women’s cross country team finished eighth out of nine teams at the Oglethorpe University Invitational. The Lady Eagles were able to finish ahead of Lagrange College with Alisha Carlson leading the way with a time of 24:45. The next four runners for the Lady Eagles were Kathleen Lipson, Christine Wells, Stephanie Moore, and Taylor Clegg. The Lady Eagles will travel to Kentucky Christian University for their next meet on October 30.
Lady Eagles Compete at Eagle Invitational (10/14)
The Toccoa Falls College women’s cross country team competed with four other teams (three of them scholarship programs) at the Eagle Invitational. The other four teams were Southern Wesleyan University (1st), Truett McConnell College (2nd), Spellman College (3rd), and Maryville College (4th). Alisha Carlson led the Lady Eagles with a time of 25:10. The next four runners for the Lady Eagles were Kathleen Lipson, Stephanie Moore, Christine Wells, and Taylor Clegg. The Lady Eagles next meet will be the Oglethorpe Invitational on Saturday October 16 at 9:45 a.m.
Lady Eagles Compete at Southern Wesleyan Invitational (9/27)
The Toccoa Falls College women’s cross country team competed with five other teams (four of them scholarship programs) in the Southern Wesleyan Invitational. The Lady Eagles were led by Alisha Carson with a time 26:02. The next four runners for the Lady Eagles were Kathleen Lipson, Christine Wells, Stephanie Moore, and Taylor Clegg. The Lady Eagles will be hosting their next meet on Friday October 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Lady Eagles Finish Second at Johnson Bible Invitational (9/13)
The Toccoa Falls College women’s cross country team took second place at the Johson Bible College Invitational. The Lady Eagles finished behind Maryville College of Maryville, TN. Kathleen Ogden Lipson led the Lady Eagles and was third overall in the meet. Alisha Carson was fourth, Stephanie Moore tenth, Taylor Clegg fifteenth, Laurie Smith sixteenth, and Thy Tran seventeenth. The next meet for the Lady Eagles will be Saturday September 25 at the Southern Wesleyan