Tallahassee Community College made its debut at Valdosta State University's Border Clash XC Meet on Friday and returned home with impressive results in both the men's and women's races.
Freshman Genevieve Printiss, a 2018 Franklin High School grad, ran the 5K course at Freedom Park in a time of 21:36 to finish 26th overall – she was the top two-year school runner – and lead the Tallahassee women to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.
The Eagles were the only two-year school among the nine who scored as a team. Tallahassee's 129 points placed it ahead of host Valdosta State (142), Albany State University (152) and Georgia Southwestern State University (188). The University of Tampa finished first overall.
Printiss, who shaved off more than three minutes from her time at the season-opening Cougar XC Challenge, crossed the finish line 17 seconds ahead of Kendall Ward (21:53.7), who placed 30th and cut her time by 1:44.
Rachel Williams and Dorcas Jepleting finished 33rd and 37th, respectively. Williams clocked a PR of 22:05.6, bettering her time at the 2017 FCSAA Championships by 1:28. Jepleting, meanwhile, ran a 22:15.9, 2:22 faster than last week's race.
Mia Wiederkehr (22:49.0) finished 44th and Peri Thompson, running her first collegiate race, came in 62nd with a time of 27:47.0.
Like its female counterparts, the Tallahassee men had the top two-year school runner, was the top scoring two-year school and knocked off some four-year schools in the process.
For the second straight race, freshman Jesse Boyd paced the Eagles, finishing in a time of 25:40.0. Brandon Flagler was next for Tallahassee, finishing 41st in a time of 26:44.4.
After Franklin County 2018 grad Simon Hodgson (27:55.6) finished 49th, Andrew McMillan came in 54th, the first of four straight Eagles who crossed the finish line.
McMillan ran a 28:31.0 and was followed by Gannon Hundley (28:34.5), Dalton Gray (28:35.1) and Gio Duran (28:35.3).
In team scoring, Tallahassee finished fifth, ahead of NJCAA foes Georgia Military College (7tth) and Florida State College-Jacksonville (8th), as well as four-year schools Albany State (6th) and Fort Valley State (9th). Tampa finished first to complete a sweep in the team standings.
Tallahassee's next race is Friday, September 7 at the University of North Florida XC Invitational.