Rio’s Williams earns top 20 finish at Wilmington


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



WILMINGTON, Ohio — Lucy Williams ran to a 20th place finish to lead the University of Rio Grande women’s cross country team in Friday’s Jenna Strong Cross Country Invitational hosted by Wilmington College.

Williams, a senior from Athens, Ohio, provided the RedStorm with its top individual showing by finishing the 5K course in a time of 18:52.

Rio Grande had just three runners among the 308 participants and did not qualify for a team score.

Also competing for the RedStorm were freshman Abilena Sullivan (Chillicothe, OH), who was 51st overall with a time of 19:39 and junior Kelsey Miller (Georgetown, OH), who was 170th with a time of 21:54.

Ball State University won the team championship with 48 points, while Northern Kentucky University (61), Cleveland State University (135), Miami-Ohio University (164) and Ohio Northern University (206) rounded out the top five.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University had the top score of the NAIA schools competing with 224 points, good enough for sixth place overall.

Cleveland State’s Anna Brandt had the top time overall, crossing the finish line in 17:55.

Rio Grande is slated to return to action next Friday at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Mich.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.