ASU cross-country women add another trophy to the case

ASU women pose with banner after winning event last weekend

Rebuild? More like reload for the Alabama State women’s cross-country team, which blazed their way to a surprisingly easy victory in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Cross-Country Championship for their second consecutive cross-country conference title and third in the last five years.

The Lady Hornets had 42 points in the SWAC Championships at Clinton, Miss., easily defeating second-place Mississippi Valley State, which had 77.

The title was the seventh overall for the Lady Hornets’ program.

Alabama State was led by Artrailia LeSane, who finished third overall with a time of 18:52.17. ASU had two other top-10 finishes as Kim Wedderburn (18:53.71) placed fourth and Paige Rankin (19:02.66) finished seventh.

Teammates Shantia Wilson (19:53.83) was 13th, Jerrica Mahone (19:55.73) finished in 15th place just ahead of Soyong Smith (19:56.43) and Santina Williams (20:20.91) was 21st.

The Lady Hornets ran a combined time of 1:36:38.09, averaging 19:19.62 per runner. Six of the seven runners ran their season and/or career best at the championships, which is a major reason the Lady Hornets pulled out the win.

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