HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 24, 2015) – In the final race of the regular season, junior Hannah Segrave and sophomore JJ Robinson ran into the Milligan College record book Saturday morning at the ninth annual Sand Shark Invitational, both recording a personal best to lead the No. 20 women’s cross-country team to a third-place finish in the biggest race of the regular season. The men’s team finished sixth and was once again led by junior Taylor Tafelsky.
Segrave’s time of 17:15.34 broke her previous personal best of 18:31 she set her last time out at the Gene Mullin Furman Invitational. She now owns the fastest 5k time in Milligan history, topping the record set by Marta Zimon (17:49) that stood since 2001. Segrave finished first individually in the field of 264 runners.
Segrave also set the course record in Hardeeville, breaking the previous mark of 17:18 by Embry-Riddle’s Ellie Staker in 2012 and finishing over 25 seconds faster than the rest of the field on Saturday.
In four regular-season races in 2015, Segrave has won twice and finished runner-up twice.
JJ Robinson also had a strong race for the Buffaloes, finishing sixth with a time of 18:18.33, good for her third top-10 finish of the year and less than six seconds away from a spot in the top 5.
Robinson’s time, a new personal best, moved her up to eighth on the all-time list for 5k races in Milligan women’s history.
Amber Grello finished 19th with a time of 18:48.26, just over five seconds away from the top 15.
The three top-25 finishers for Milligan were enough to help the Buffs to a third-place team finish out of 28 teams with 127 points, 18 behind second-place Emory-Riddle and 60 behind the winner, No. 11 Shawnee State. The Buffs finished first out of five Appalachian Athletic Conference schools, leading No. 24 Tennessee Wesleyan College by 26 points.
Also on the women’s side was Alissa Furches in 50th (19:53.27), Ashton Bunch in 53rd (19:58.75), Kaitlynn Ellis in 98th (20:55.35), Sarah Kate Gartman in 106th (21:09.05), Haley Keylon in 111th (21:15.12), Jordan Mott in 128th (21:35.56) and Carly Owen in 145th (22:00.57).
Tafelsky finished ninth in a field of 276 in the men’s 8k race with an impressive time of 25:22.51, which would have been good for a spot in Milligan’s all-time top 10 on the men’s side had Tafelsky not already owned the fourth-fastest time in Buffs’ history in the 8k.
The men finished sixth in the standings out of 31 teams, and collected 166 points, which was only nine behind fifth-place University of the Cumberlands and 17 ahead of sixth-place Emmanuel. The Buffs were also the top finisher out of six AAC schools competing in the event, finishing over 160 points ahead of 10th-place Montreat as the second-highest AAC finisher.
Rounding out the runners on the men’s side were Eric Shull in 51st (26:45.92), Peter Mermilliod (27:31.72) and Sam Bratton (27:32.88) in 80th and 81st, Carson Kirby in 91st (27:45.37), Jake Bartlett in 144th (28:57.12), Hunter Lewis in 218th (31:12.33) and Matthew Albritton in 237th (32:44.07).
Next up, Milligan will gear up for the AAC Championship at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The championship meet is set for Nov. 7, and will be followed by the NAIA Cross-Country National Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Nov. 21.
(Courtesy Milligan Athletics)