From the University of Southern Mississippi Sports Information Department
HOOVER, Ala. (WDAM) – University of Southern Mississippi women’s cross country runners Cassidy Teuscher and Kate Mattox both earned All-Conference USA honors.
The Lady Eagles wrapped up their season Saturday by finishing sixth at the C-USA championship meet, hosted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
“I just want to say how proud I am of this group,” USM head cross country coach Aaron Kindt said. “They’ve done a tremendous job these last few months to get themselves to this point. My hat is off to them.”
Teuscher was named “Freshman of the Meet” and first-team all-conference. She was the top, first-year runner at the championship, finishing sixth overall in a time of 21 minutes, 37.31 seconds.
“Cassidy has been exceptional all fall," Kindt said. "We knew she was ready for a good race heading into this weekend, but today she showed me what a big-time competitor she is. She did not back down to a really talented field at the top.”
Mattox finished 15th for the second time in three races to earn third-team all-conference honors, crossing the line in 22:14.17.
“Kate spent last winter and spring, in a boot not able to run and hardly able to cross train," Kindt said. "It’s a testament to her will and drive that she’s been able to get back to all-conference level in such a short time frame.”
Rounding out the top five for the Lady Eagles were Sarah McMillon (28th, 22:47.42), Savannah McMillon (29th, 22:48.56) and Carlin Beal who ran a personal best 22:54.10 in the 6K to finish 30th.
“Sarah, Savannah, and Carlin really came through for us this fall," Kindt said. “We had to ask them to step into roles that we normally would not have asked of them at this point in their training and they have done their job admirably.”
All USM runners finished in the top 50 as freshmen Sarah Parnell (41st, 23:19.25) and Hannah Martin (48th, 23:34.07) rounded out the Lady Eagles' contingent.