RICHMOND, Va. – If every day is better than the previous day, you're living a pretty good life.
That's exactly what the Virginia Commonwealth University women's cross country team has been doing over the past three seasons and this past weekend was no different with the Rams posting another solid performance en route to a sixth-place finish at the Panorama Farms Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of this group of girls," Director of Cross Country Nicole Cook said. "Each week we throw something new at them and every time they just put their head down and go to work."
Redshirt junior Hayley Sullivan once again led the way for the Black & Gold, posting a season best time of 22:34.72 over the six-kilometer course.
Junior Nicole Walters was the second-highest VCU finisher when she broke the tape in 23:12.41, good for a personal best for the Orange, Va. native.
The underclassmen trio of Erin Murdock, Hailey Scheren and Hannah Leffew rounded out the top five finishers for the Rams. Murdock and Leffew each posted personal bests with times of 24:04.17 and 24:09.13, respectively.
"Due to some travel issues, our girls only had 15 minutes to warm up. But like I said earlier, they always just put their head down and go to work and that's exactly what they did this weekend," Cook said. "To post four seasons best against top-level competition and virtually no warm-up is a testament to this group's character and will to always to do their best."
The Rams will now take the next two weeks to focus on the CAA Championships, which take place on October 30th on the campus of UNC Wilmington.