JOPLIN, Mo. – The Rogers State women's cross country team placed 22nd in a strong field of 33 teams at the Southern Stampede, hosted by Missouri Southern, on Saturday morning.

The Hillcats were at their best on Saturday morning with six of the top seven Cats all setting personal-best times.

Senior Hailey Gillispie paced the navy and red for the second straight time this season. The Henryetta, Okla. native ran a time of 19:09.30 in the 5-kilometer event for 95th overall.

Fellow senior J'Cee Holmes turned in the second best time for the navy and red with a personal-best time of 19:23.35.

Two freshman took the third and fourth place spots for the Hillcats in the team scoring. Hannah Taylor went under 20 minutes with a personal-best time of 19:39.74.

Tayler Lee also ran a personal-best time in 20:34.33.

In the fifth scoring spot for the Cats was Ellen Thomas as she covered the course in a time of 20:44.56.

Malinda Moore turned in her best career time in 21:18.64 to earn the sixth spot for RSU. Also with a personal best was Brianna Valles in the seventh spot in 21:51.81.

Kelsey Bruce of Dallas Baptist University won the individual title in the 5k race as she ran a time of 16:50.43. In second was Jessica Allen of Missouri State in 17:06.70.

Tulsa took the team title and Dallas Baptist University finished second overall and as the top NCAA Division II program. Oklahoma Baptist was third overall.

The Hillcats go to Kentucky for the first time in program history in two weeks in the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Sept. 30 in Louisville, Ky.

For more information on RSU cross country, to go www.rsuhillcats.com.

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