Jemeli leads Eagles to strong showing at SAC Championships

Jemeli leads Eagles to strong showing at SAC Championships

PINEVILLE, Ky.—Strong showings from Pricah Jemeli (Eldorett, Kenya) and Lachlan Dickie (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the Carson-Newman cross country team to fourth and 10th place finishes in the women and men's divisions at the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship Meet, hosted by Lincoln Memorial University, Saturday morning. 


"Overall, it was a good day as both teams showed tremendous improvements from this time last year," coach Tony Parrilla said following the meet. "The women had their best day in a really long time and the men ran hard but had some bad luck. All in all, we got a lot better today."


Wingate took home the crown on the women's side by tallying a total of 37 points, while Queens came out on top of the men's standings with a total of 34 points.


The fourth place finish by the women marked their best tally since the 2011 SAC Championship Meet, when the team finished fourth overall, and the third top-five finish of the 2015 season.


The women garnered 145 points overall and the men finished with 223 total points.


Another strong showing from Jemeli paced a women's club that jumped five spots in the results from a year ago. The freshman completed the five-kilometer course with a time of 19:14.3 and finished ninth overall in the individual standings that featured 90 runners.


Hannah Green (Talbott, Tenn.) followed closely behind at the 23rd position, finishing with a 20:11.5 time, while Sarah Sharp (Lewis Center, Ohio) came in at the 20:47. 6 mark, which was good enough for 37th overall.


"We basically entered into the relevant category for the SAC today on the women's side," Parrilla said. "Some people didn't even have their best runs but still stepped up and made for an unbelievable day."


Once again, Dickie was the quickest runner for the men, finishing with a time of 26:25.6 in the eight-kilometer run.  The two-time SAC runner of the week was the 12th fastest individual overall in a field that yielded 87 runners.


Dickie was on track for a potential top-seven finish before going off course with just a little over 300 meters left in the race.


"Lachlan [Dickie] was on track to break his personal record by about 20 seconds," Parrilla said. "He was in seventh place, pushing for sixth, before running off course on lap three. It was just an unfortunate way to end what would have been a solid run."


Freshman Clark Dixon (Tullahoma, Tenn.) came in with a 27:39.1 standing, good enough for 43rd overall, while Nick Guerra (Richardson, Texas) and Anthony Jackson (Manchester, Tenn) compiled top-50 times.


"It was basically Murphy's Law out there for the guys today," Parrilla added. "Anything that could go wrong did go wrong. We had some guys fall down because of the tough course. They all did a great job of battling, but it was just a tough day."


The Carson-Newman men completed the day with a total time of 2:18.36, while averaging 27:43.20 amongst the team individually. On the women's side, the Eagles ran a total time of 1:41.49 with an average of 20:23. 


Following the meet, the league office named Jemeli and Dickie to the second team All-South Atlantic Conference cross country teams. Jemeli was also awarded to the All-Freshman team following her top-ten finish.


"As a team, we looked a lot better and I am extremely proud of both the men and women," Parrilla added. "We looked good, but the whole conference got a whole lot better. We look forward to building on what we did today for in the future."


The Eagles will conclude the 2015 season with the NCAA Southeastern Regional Meet on November 7th at Wingate University. 


Women- Fourth Place (5K)



1) Wingate                      57

9) Priscah Jemeli                19:14.3

2) Queens                       64

23) Hannah Green             20:11.5

3) Anderson                   74

37) Sarah Sharp                 20:47.6

4) Carson-Newman     145

39) Sky McCarter               20:50.7

5) Coker                          149

41) Sara Honaker               20:55.0

6) Lincoln Memorial   156

45) Ashlyn Page                  21:08.4

7) Catawba                    166

55) Aiyana Martino            21:34.7

8) Mars Hill                   211

58) Bekah White                 21:37.9

9) Lenoir-Rhyne          249

68) Jennifer Warren          22:08.2

10) Tusculum               271

78) Amber Farmer             22:56.0

11) Brevard                  276


12) Newberry              334


Men- 10th Place (8K)



1) Queens                          34

12) Lachlan Dickie           26:25.6

2) Mars Hill                         44

43) Clark Dixon               27:39.1

3) Anderson                       151

55) Nick Guerra               28:02.1

4) Lincoln Memorial            159

59) Anthony Jackson        28:13.3

5) Wingate                        166

61) Jose Parrilla               28:159

6) Catawba                        174

70) Alec Bross                  29:09.1

7) Coker                            187

74) Joshua Marsh             29:49.8

8) Brevard                         209

75) Kellan Sabol               29:58.0

9) Lenoir-Rhyne                 209

80) Patrick Stump             31:36.2

10) Carson-Newman           223

86) Clay Childress             33:01.8

11) Tusculum                    225


12) Newberry                    297