Eagles gain personal and seasonal best

Thomas O'Donnell

Two out of the seven Eagles running for Georgia Southern University ran personal bests over the weekend at the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational as GSU placed seventh.

“There were a decent amount of runners.” Asea Mayfield, junior psychology major, said. “It was good to have a decent amount of runners because there were more people to chase, you know, to help set the pace.”

Senior nursing major Sara Curry led t   tthe team with a time of 18:39. This was her second best time overall for her college career.

“Sara competed extremely well. She’s been sick for the past couple of weeks, but she’s been fighting through it,” head coach   Marlo Mincey said. “To come out on this course, run terrific and to run her second best time as a collegiate athlete is very competitive.”

Mayfield came in second for the Eagles with a time of 20:02, which is her personal best for her college career.

“I was actually really happy. It kinda tells me that I’m going to be able to really perform at conference,” Mayfield said. “We’re actually running on this course for conference. It was really encouraging to drop time today.”

“For her to be our number two runner was a big step for her today,” Mincey said.

Senior education major Kristiana Towns came in fifth on the team and ran a personal best with the time of 21:59.

Senior exercise science major Lindsay Mullican, also ran a seasonal best time of 20:49.

Mullican had a tough week doing both swimming and track, and she was proud with her performance during the race Mincey said.

Freshman Jami Joyner and junior biology major Amanda Ventre also ran their seasonal bests during the race with times of 20:33 and 22:32.

“(Joyner) competed really well,” Mincey said.

The team’s performance didn’t surprise her, and she’s glad the team had such a great run, Mincey said.

“We’re happy for everyone on the team of course,” Mincey said.

“I think that all of our mindsets are just changing,” Mayfield said. “I think as a team, we wanted to perform well this year, and we did that today.”

Winthrop University took first place with junior Jeanne Stroud taking first place overall with a time of 17:27.

Southern Conference rival The Citadel came in one place above GSU at sixth. The Eagles will see The C Citadel in two weeks at the Southern Conference Championships, back at the same course the team ran on over the weekend.

“I feel that this year we’re all in a good position to really come together and at least score in the top four,” Mayfield said.

The Eagles return to Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on Oct. 27 to run in the SoCon Championships.