The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) women’s cross country team broke a couple of its own records and a college record after freshman Brittney Douglas and sophomore Sierra Walker finished first and second place, respectively, in the women’s 6K race at the Goucher College Cross Country Classic Oct. 5 in Baltimore.
Douglas crossed the finish line first out of the 24 collegiate runners in the women’s meet, doing so in 28:31.77. Walker came across moments later at 28:43.90.
“Brittney and Sierra ran together for most of the way until about 600 yards from the finish when Brittney pulled away,” shared CSM Head Coach Ken Killion. “They really worked well together, helping each other throughout the race.”
Walker bested her time from last year’s Goucher Classic by 45 seconds. This was her fastest 6K time this season.
CSM freshman Briana Douglas ensured the Hawks ended the day with three runners in the top five of the collegiate field, finishing fifth in 31:55.73.
According to Killion, this was the first time in CSM history two runners from the school went first and second in any meet and the second time in team history an individual female runner won an invitational or regional meet. This was also the first time in school history CSM saw three runners place in the top five of a cross country event.
Freshman Gabrielle Wilson finished in 15th place, posting a time of 36:20.89. This was Wilson’s fastest 6K time of the season as well, as she has steadily taken roughly 25 seconds off her 6K times week after week.
“The women collectively ran probably their best race of the year,” Killion confirmed. “The best part, outside of the performances, was when I overheard a few people asking ‘Who was that team wearing the black uniforms?’ I guess we can’t sneak up on people anymore.”
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