Charlotte, N.C. – Sophomore Emily Kearney continued her record-break streak at the Royal Invitational, setting a new school record over the weekend. Kearney, who broke the UNG Invitational course record in her last race was at it again over the weeknd in Charlotte. After setting a school record at this same race one year ago, Emily bettered her previous mark of 17:32 for the 5k to post a new record of 17:07. She did so in a highly competitive field of 220 runners across all divisions of the NCAA as well as the NAIA.
“Emily put in the work over the summer and the result of that work is showing this fall each time she toes the line. She is ultra competitive and a runner the team knows will give it her all from the start to the finish,” commented Coach Caldwell. Emily was not alone, joined by teammates Maddie Mullen and Gabrielle Robinson. “Maddie (18:44) and Gabby (20:53) both ran under their goal that I gave them before the race so I was pleased with their effort and the direction they are headed,” stated Coach Caldwell.
The Bees are currently ranked #9 in the nation in the coaches’ polls and continue the march to defend their Appalachian Athletic Conference title, first captured last year. They will race next at the Berry Invitational on October 14th in Rome, Georgia.