Women Finish Second, Men Fourth At SoCon Championships

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Samford women’s cross-country team finished second, while the men placed fourth at the Southern Conference Championship Saturday morning at the Lexington Golf and Country Club.
 
In the women’s 5K race, Samford scored 83 points, second only to Furman’s 18. ETSU followed Samford with 86 points, while UNCG had 90 points.
 
The Bulldog women’s team was led by freshman Sinkenesh Parker, finishing 11th with a time of 18:56.6. Parker was named second team All-SoCon and to the SoCon’s All-Freshman team following the race. Allison Nelson placed 15th at 19:08.4. Mary Kellison Thorne was Samford’s third top-20 finishers, coming in 18th with a time of 19:23.8.
 
Harper McGowan finished 23rd, running the race in 19:42.8, while Macie Pfeuffer, who was also named to the SoCon’s All-Freshman team, placed 26th with a time of 19:51.2. Tatum Foreman came in 39th at 20:43.5, and Ayers Leggett finished 46th with a time of 21:00.8.
 
The men’s team finished with 128 points to finish fourth in the 8K race. Furman won the men’s race with 15 points, followed by ETSU (64 pts.) and Mercer (122 pts.).
 
The men’s team was led by Benjamin Garner, who was named second team All-SoCon, placing 13th with a time of 26:04.6. Jackson Merrell, an All-Freshman team honoree, came in 22nd at 26:44.9. Alec Beers placed 29th at 27:02.7, while Cole Arrington came in 33rd with a time of 27:13.6.
 
Jose Penalver finished 44th, running the race in 27:47.9. Luke Dobbins placed 50th with a time of 28:10.1, followed by Jeb Jones at 51st (28:13.7) and Ben Myers at 56th (28:19.8).
 
Next up for the Bulldogs is the NCAA South Regional, Nov. 12th in Huntsville, Ala.
 
A full list of Samford’s results and a list of awards from the SoCon Championship is below. 
 
FULL SAMFORD RESULTS
WOMEN’S TEAM
11. Sinkenesh Parker: 18:56.6
15. Allison Nelson: 19:08.4
18. Mary Kellison Thorne: 19:23.8
23. Harper McGowan: 19:42.8
26. Macie Pfeuffer: 19:51.2
39. Tatum Foreman: 20:43.5
46. Ayers Leggett: 21:00.8
 
MEN’S TEAM
13. Benjamin Garner: 26:04.6
22. Jackson Merrell: 26:44.9
29. Alec Beers: 27:02.7
33. Cole Arrington: 27:13.6
44. Jose Penalver: 27:47.9
50. Luke Dobbins: 28:10.1
51. Jeb Jones: 28:13.7
56. Ben Myers: 28:19.8
 
2021 Southern Conference Women’s Cross Country
Runner of the Year
Bethany Graham, Furman
 
Freshman of the Year
Kaylie Armitage, Furman
 
Coach of the Year
Robert Gary, Furman
 
Pinnacle Award
Megan Marvin, Furman
 
All-SoCon First Team
Bethany Graham, Furman
Emily Little, Furman
Lindsey Stallworth, ETSU
Abigail Robertson, Furman
Kaylie Armitage, Furman
Megan Marvin, Furman
Nicole Matysik, Furman
 
All-SoCon Second Team
Madelynne Cadeau, Furman
Jonna Strange, Furman
Meghan Ford, Furman
Sinkenesh Parker, Samford
Kate Mattison, Western Carolina
Genevieve Schwarz, ETSU
Ariana Garcia, UNC Greensboro
 
All-Freshman Team
Kaylie Armitage, Furman
Meghan Ford, Furman
Sinkenesh Parker, Samford
Emma Russum, Chattanooga
Macie Pfeuffer, Samford
Mary Claire Ridgeway, Wofford
Carolyne Shealy, Wofford
 
2021 Southern Conference Men’s Cross Country
Runner of the Year
Cameron Ponder, Furman
 
Freshman of the Year
Gabe Montague, Furman
 
Coach of the Year
Robert Gary, Furman
 
Pinnacle Award
Dylan Schubert, Furman
 
All-SoCon First Team
Cameron Ponder, Furman
Dylan Schubert, Furman
Aaron Wier, Furman
Daniel Bernal, Furman
Gabe Montague, Furman
Noah Dolhare, Furman
Carson Williams, Furman
 
All-SoCon Second Team
Gavin Jenkins, VMI
Evan Guzman, ETSU
Matt Scarr, ETSU
Myles Stoots, ETSU
Nick Goldstein, Furman
Ben Garner, Samford
Connor Kaufman, Mercer
 
All-Freshman Team
Gabe Montague, Furman
Evan Guzman, ETSU
Nick Goldstein, Furman
Jackson Merrell, Samford
Justin Hayes, Western Carolina
William Hartig, ETSU
Aaron Isbell, Chattanooga
 
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