The Florida A&M women’s cross country team opened their schedule this year with a third-place finish on the road at the Troy University Trojan Invitational in Troy, Ala.
Seven teams competed along with many unattached runners. Among those to compete were Auburn University, who won the event, and second-place finisher, University of South Alabama.
Head Coach Darlene Moore praised the efforts of her runners, including those who finished in the top-tier of the pack.
“I had four young ladies that placed in the top 20,” Moore said. “Nadine Mulvany, Chandelic Jackson, Simone Durden and Clarricia Golden all went out and had wonderful performances for the team.”
Mulvany finished ninth overall with a time of 11:52.31 and nine points. Jackson added a 12th-place finish with a time of 12:00.25 and 12 points.
Ciera Williams rounded out the top five finishers for the lady Rattlers with a 25th place finish at 12:54.21.
Moore also acknowledged the level of competition assembled at the meet.
“My ladies defeated Troy University, the SWAC conference champions from last season and host of the event,” Moore said. “Alabama State, Albany State and Lagrange College were also in attendance.”
The Rattlers will be attending the Bethune-Cookman Invitational this afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The team will look to continue improving on their season as they face other MEAC teams.
“The young ladies and I have set a goal for ourselves this season and thus far, the ladies have worked very hard to accomplishing our goal,” Moore said. “I believe their performances will peak right around the time for the MEAC championships.”