TFC Qualifies for Nationals
The Toccoa Falls College Women’s Cross-Country Team qualified for Nationals at the Southern Wesleyan Warrior 5K Invitational in Central, South Carolina, on Saturday morning, September 28th, 2013; they ran their fastest race of the season thus far. The field was strong with six NCCAA Division 1 schools. The Lady Eagles’ average team time was 23:57 for the 3.1 mile course. Brenau University was first with 34 points and an average team time of 21:35. Southern Wesleyan was second with 85 points and an average team time of 22:27. Bob Jones was third with 86 points and an average team time of 22:36. Auburn U. at Montgomery (4th), Southeastern (5th), Columbia International (6th), and Toccoa Falls (7th) rounded out the field.
One of TFC’s women finished in the top ten in this very strong field. Clessie Kendrick was tenth of 61 runners, finishing the 5K course in 21:52, beating her season best by over a minute. Jodi Braselton finished 26th in 23:26, shaving two minutes off her previous best. Christine Wells was 34th in 24:04, improving by over two minutes. Rebekah Stillwell followed in 8th place in a time of 24:37, also taking off two minutes. Alisha Carlson finished 49th in 25:46, cutting her time down by a minute and 30 seconds. Sarah Lockwood (50th) and Crystal Hankin (58th) rounded out the seven qualifiers.
The next women’s cross-country meet is 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 12, at Toccoa Falls College; other teams participating are Bob Jones University, Colombia University, Johnson University, Southern Wesleyan University, Truett-McConnell College, and Warren Wilson College.
Lady Eagles Earn Third Place Trophy at Truett-McConnell
TFC’s women’s cross country team also participated at the Truett-McConell Invitational on September 20. The Lady Eagles finished third out of 7 full teams that participated in the 5k event. As a team, TFC finished with an average time of 26:13.
In her last event, Clessie Kendrick was the overall number one finisher at the North Georgia Tech event earlier this month. At Truett-McConnell, Kendrick again led TFC and finished fifth overall at 23:56. Jodi Brasleton (25:29) finished 15thout of 63 runners, and Christine Wells placed 18th with a time of 26:23. Rebekah Stillwell and Alisha Carson rounded out qualifying runners for TFC at 21st and 26th overall. Sarah Lockwood (29:05), Crystal Hankin (30:43), Emily Kresman (34:37) and Christina Schmidt (37:42) also participated for TFC.
The men’s and women’s teams will both participate at the Southern Wesleyan Invitational in Central, South Carolina, on September 28. On October 5, TFC will participate at the local Currahee Mountain event at 7:45 AM.
TFC Wins North Georgia Tech Invitational
The TFC women’s cross country team took first place at the North Georgia Tech Invitational on September 6. TFC’s runners topped teams from Reinhardt University, Georgia Military College, North Georgia Tech, and LaGrange College. TFC placed four runners in the top 10 including the first overall finisher, Clessie Kendrick. Kendrick finished the 5000 meter run with in a time of 23:11.18. Kendrick finished over a minute before the second place runner crossed the line. Jodi Braselton (26:06.07), Christine Wells (26:36.24), and Rebekah Stillwater (26:59.13) finished 6th, 7th, and 8th, respectively. Alisha Carson crossed in 11th place with a time of 27:18.86. Carson missed a top 10 finish by one-fifth of a second. Having five runners who crossed the finish line so closely together earned the Eagles a winning tally of 24 points. LaGrange College came in second with 49 points. Sarah Lockwood (27:59.83) and Crystal Hankin (28:45.30) rounded out the seven qualifying runners.
First year coach Ben Pigott said of the race, “[I am] very pleased with the women’s competitiveness and team unity. They paced each other throughout the race and finished strong. Clessie Kendrick’s leadership in training” deserves credit for the women’s top-placed finish.
The harriers from TFC will next run at Truett-McConnell on September 20.
FRONT L>R (holding trophy) – Emily Kressman, Cristi Schmidt BACK L>R – Rebecca Stillwell, Christi Wells, Alisha Carlson, Clessie Kendricks, Crystal Hankin, Sarah Lockwood, Jodi Brasselton
Pigott to Lead Cross County Program
The Toccoa Falls College athletic department is pleased to announce Ben Pigott as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Coach Pigott will replace Dale Garside who resigned last week in order to focus on his classes as a TFC professor.
Pigott is a native of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Parsippany Christian School in New Jersey. Though Pigott did not run competitively until he enrolled as a student at TFC, he was a soccer and basketball letterman in high school. As a TFC harrier, Pigott recorded a personal best time of 28:40 in the 8k race and was the Eagles top runner his junior and senior seasons.
“I would like to see TFC cross country become a stable program that brings in committed recruits every year,” said Coach Pigott as he shared his vision for the TFC cross country program. “I would also like TFC cross country to maintain its focus on bringing glory to God and acting as a family of Christian athletes.”
Athletic Director Jason Mehl expressed his confidence in Coach Pigott and said, “Ben was a great runner for us for four years. He knows what it takes to be prepared for each race and improve over the course of a season and a career. Our runners are already responding well to his leadership and I’m excited to see how they develop this year.”
Coach Pigott has exhausted his eligibility as a student-athlete and will graduate in December with a degree in philosophy. In his spare time, Coach Pigott enjoys watching and playing basketball as well as playing the drums. Coach Pigott attends First Alliance Church in Toccoa.
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