Blankenship places 10th, qualifies for NAIA Championships
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Blankenship places 10th, qualifies for NAIA Championships
Amber Mays (2nd from left), Claudia Tepox (3rd from left) and Taylor Blankenship (3rd from right) earned Second Team All-Mid-South Conference honors. (Credit Judy Seckel)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Junior Taylor Blankenship placed 10th, Claudia Tepox finished 12th and sophomore Amber Mays was 13th for Cumberland women’s cross country on Saturday at the Mid-South Conference Championships at Phil Moore Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

The Phoenix posted a second-place team finish, the best showing in the conference meet in school history, and Blankenship qualified for the NAIA Championships later this month, the first harrier in school history to reach the national championships.

Blankenship completed the 5K course in 19:45.5 while Tepox came across in 20:09.9 and Mays posted a time of 20:12.8. Freshman Anna Grose finished 15th in 20:20.4 and sophomore Gavin DuVall was 22nd in 21:04.2, helping Cumberland to a second-place team finish behind Shawnee State.

Freshmen Elaine Park and Hannah Spring placed 24th and 28th, respectively, with times of 21:17.2 and 21:36.6 and sophomore Michaela Postell was 47th in 23:06.1.

10. Taylor Blankenship, 19:45.5
12. Claudia Tepox, 20:09.9
13. Amber Mays, 20:12.8
15. Anna Grose, 20:20.4
22. Gavin DuVall, 21:04.2
24. Elaine Park, 21:17.2
28. Hannah Spring, 21:36.6
47. Michaela Postell, 23:06.1