Female team takes 8th place

In the intense three-mile MEAC Conference race, the Florida A&M University female cross-country team landed in eighth place.

The MEAC Conference was held Saturday at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, in Princess Anne, Md.

All the girls both old and new were able to break their personal records, an overall best for the team as a whole.

Out of 11 schools, some schools at Saturday’s meet were Hampton, Howard, Norfolk and North Carolina A&T University.

Female cross-country head coach, Macial Malone, said she was very pleased with the girl’s cross-country team, considering they did not see the course until the morning of the meet.

Malone said her expectation coming into the meet was to be in at least the top five by the end of the season.

“I would have loved to be in the top five, but I know that the girls gave everything they had into the event,” Malone said.

Players Nichola Listhrop and Philicia Morgan were unable to run in the Saturday meet due to personal reasons.

Although there were some key players missing, some players said the entire team was able to come together and do a great job at the meet.

“We did a good as a team and had a great season, everyone was able to beat their personal best,” said Kelle Ransom.  

As a seasoned two year member, Ransom, was able to complete her race with a time of 19:29 and place 20th out of 85 girls.

Ransom is the only returning member, and has a leadership role to play over the young team, which consist of mostly sophomores and freshmen.

 Jennie Desir came in with a time of 20:07 and place 31st.

“The course was flat so I felt we had an advantage since we always practice running on hills,” Desir said.

Desir said that everyone on the team kept a positive mind set and gave their all when the time came to perform.

Desir was injured for most of the season, but was able to heal and do her part in the conference.

Even though, the team did not come in first place, Malone said that their future is very bright.

“By having a young team, the girls have a lot of growth and potential,” Malone said. “They have determination as well as motivation to do the best for themselves and FAMU.”