Charleston, IL – The Lincoln College women’s and men’s Cross Country teams compete in the Region 24 meet Thursday hosted by Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. The women’s team came away with as Region 24 Champions and also had the Region 24 individual champion in Mallory Tharp (Kirkwood, IL). Tharp ran the 5k course in a time of 19:38. Three other Lady Lynx captured All-Region honors by finishing in the top 10. Those women include 4th place Sala Hanne (East Moline, IL); 5th place Dijah Rivera-Watts (East Moline, IL); and 9th place Jamieria Stennis (Robbins, IL). Deanna Anglin (Chicago, IL) just missed out with an overall 12th place finish for the Lady Lynx.
The men’s team was led by sophomore John Davis (Lincoln, IL) who finished the course in 5th place earning him All-Region honors. Also finishing in the top 10 and earning All-Region for the Lynx include 8th place Garrad Straube (Quincy, IL) and 10th place Spencer Mellow (Palm Coast, FL). Rounding out the scoring for the Lynx were David Williams (Cerro Gordo, IL) 13th place and Brayden Batterton (Delavan, IL) 14th place.
Head Coach Brian Herron said, “It was a very exciting day for both teams. The temperature today was unseasonably warm so we knew that times would suffer so we were racing today for place. Our athletes did a solid job of sticking to our game plan. We had a dominate day on the women’s side. I am very proud of them. All season long we talked about winning the Region and the hard work paid off. Mallory Tharp’s win was awesome. For most of the race she was in 2nd or 3rd. She made her move with a 1,000 meters to go and never looked back. The men’s team was in a great position through most of the race. It wasn’t until the last mile that Danville Area pulled away from us. I am proud of the guts and heart they showed. They made it a very exciting race to watch, I couldn’t be more proud of them. We now have a few weeks to do some fine tuning for Nationals. If they continue to stay focused we could really move up in the rankings. I can’t wait to see how they finish off the season.”