Photo Courtesy: McNeese State (Matt Bonnette)
LAKE CHARLES, La. (UCA) - University of Central Arkansas freshman Brooke Cassar ran away from the field on a foggy Friday morning and won the individual title at the 2013 Southland Conference Cross Country Championship at a wet and muddy Ward 3 Rec Complex.
Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, finished in a time of 20:42.1 to win by more than 12 seconds over second-place Leigh Lattimore of Lamar. UCA senior Erika Setzler was third in a time of 21:06.3, while senior Kayla Nehus was 13th (22:14.1). Cassar, UCA's first individual champion since moving into the SLC in 2006, and Setzler were named first-team All-Southland Conference, leading UCA to its highest finish in Division I history.
Freshman Brigette Caruthers finished 21st (22:43.6), while graduate Megan Effinger was 40th (23:32.7). Sophomore Madison Sewell was 48th (23:44.6), while freshman Briana Stuepfert was 56th (24:10.4).
Lamar was the team title with 36 points, followed by UCA with 78, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston Baptist, Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word, McNeese State, Nicholls, Oral Roberts, New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State.