Josh North, For The Miami Student

Facing their toughest competition all season, the Miami University women’s cross country team ran very well at the Spartan Invitational in their first 6k race of the season. The Red and White were paced by seniors Maggie Bingham and Kelley Miller who finished 13th and 14th, respectively. The event was hosted by Michigan State University.

Bingham ran a personal best of 21:16, while Miller followed close behind with a time of 21:20. Freshman Jessica Hoover was third on the team finishing 20th with a time of 21:30. That time ranks her 10th all time in the 6k race for Miami.

“Hoover ran very well,” Head Coach Kelly Phillips said. “She is one of my best freshmen and I’m very impressed with what she is doing at her age.”

Alex Chitwood, also a freshman, finished 35th with a time of 22:03. Sophomore Kate Carter rounded out the scoring, finishing 40th with a time of 22:08.

The ‘Hawks ran against Michigan State, Kent State University, Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University among others. Miami alumna Rachel Patterson won the race running individually with a time of 20:16.

The team will take a week off before running at the All-Ohio championship Sept. 30 at Cedarville University. Miami won the meet last season, but Phillips is looking forward to a great two weeks of practice to prepare the team for the meet.

“We need to get tougher,” Phillips said. “We’re going to run a lot of hills and other strength training workouts.”