Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College women's cross country team traveled to Clarksville, Ark., on Saturday to compete in the University of the Ozarks Invitational 5K run. The Lady Eagles finished with a program best second place finish out of nine teams, and Betsy Minkler (SO/Bakersfield, Mo. ) became the first WBC runner in men's or women's program history to win a meet.
Minkler crossed the line with a time of 19:02, 3.4 seconds faster than second place. "I am so proud of Betsy," stated Head Coach Andrew Watson. "She has been working hard all year and it is so nice to see her rewarded for her efforts. This was a big win for her individually and a great moment for our program."
Addy Swaim (SO/Vilonia, Ark. ) finished sixth overall with a time of 19:35, which gave the team two top-ten placers in the meet.
Breana Roberts (FR/Maynard, Ark. ) (47th, 22:10) also added a top-fifty performance. Rounding out the rest of the times for Williams were: Lauren Garrison (SO/Batesville, Ark.) (64th, 24:26), Rachel O'Bryan (JR/Cleveland, Texas) (66th, 24:40) and Andrea Gayton (FR/Batesville, Ark. ) (71st, 25:32).
"We raced very well this weekend against some strong NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA teams," added Watson. "Today's results were from a total team effort and I am happy with our improvement. Anytime you can place three girls in the top-15--Betsy, Addy and Hannah-- it is a big deal, especially against the teams we ran against today."
The next meet for the Lady Eagles is the UALR Invitational on Saturday, October 17th. The race is scheduled for a 10:45 a.m. start in Little Rock, Ark.