GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mississippi State’s cross-country team concluded its 2023 season with seven new personal best times and the best team finish since 2018 at the NCAA South Region meet on Friday.
Freshman Ramat Jimoh, who continued her streak of being one of the top five scorer in every meet led the way with a 44th-place finish and a time of 20:05.8. Jimoh’s 6k time ranks second in program history. It is also a personal improvement by 41 seconds.
Following Jimoh across the finish line were sisters Jaelyn Ogle and Hayley Ogle. Jaelyn, a freshman, improved her 6k personal best time by 42 seconds, with a time of 20:26.4 and placing 62nd. Hayley, a junior, also improved her time by 42 seconds as she completed the South Regional at 20:35.6 while placing 74th. Jaelyn’s time ranks fifth in program history, while Hayley’s time ranks sixth.
Closing out State’s scorers was junior Madison Jones and sophomore Hunter Anderson. Anderson crossed the line in a time of 20:56.2 improving her time by 43 second, which ranks 12th in program history, while Jones crossed the line with a time 21:00.0. This is Jones’ first time setting a personal best this season.
Redshirt freshman Mallory Streetman and freshman Madelyn Keating also improved their personal best times by 43 seconds. Streetman finished with a time of 21:20.8., while Keating finished the race in 21:26.1.
The Bulldogs concluded their season with a total of 16 different personal best times throughout the 2023 campaign and improved eight spots from last year’s regional finish.
Tennessee took home the top spot with 61 points followed by Florida (79 pts) and Ole Miss (95 pts). Tennessee and Florida automatically qualify for the NCAA National Championships on Nov. 18th in Charlottesville, Va.
Quoting Coach Erinn Stenman-Fahey
“I am really proud of the effort that everyone gave today. We moved up eight sports from last year, which is awesome to see. They ran really tough, they ran for each other, and they gave a really good effort. I’m proud of the group and the momentum we will be taking into the indoor season”.
Individual Results (6k)
Ole Miss, 95
Georgia Tech, 224
Florida State, 252
Kennesaw State, 303