Six Straight: Panther Women Run to Dominant Finish at the Big South Championships



FARMVILLE, Va. – After a dominating performance that included placing all 10 runners in the top 20, the High Point University women’s cross country team captured their sixth consecutive Big South Championship and their ninth in the past 13 seasons. Lindsey Ickes won the women’s 5k race and was named Great Southern Runner of the Year while Charlie Montalvo was the Big South Freshman of the Year as the top freshman in ninth place.

The head coach Remy Tamer“I think on paper it’s exceptional and we love seeing those accolades, but our mentality as a program, and those young women, Lindsey Ickes, Charli Montalvo and all the athletes who ran today, we think it’s actually reversed. So the by-products of having a great team culture, working cohesively and being better individuals, the “enter as a girl and leave as a woman” mentality, you serve a greater thing than yourselves individually. When you do all these things; you live a lean lifestyle, have a positive mental attitude and work hard, the by-product should be championships. That’s not our goal. I think if you want something so bad sometimes you can smother it. So the things that Lindsey Ickes was able to accomplish for five years here was a byproduct of all the constant hard work and focus on something special. But overall, it’s a celebration of everything she’s worked for. So his race was really a demonstration of everything and his discipline over the past five years. Charli is a special talent and will be a special member of our team in the future. But what makes me really excited is that we have a handful of people like Charli at all levels who are ready to do whatever they can to help the team. To put aside their individual needs, fears, anxieties and egos to ensure that we are serving something greater than ourselves, if everyone is doing it together, which is essentially the definition of the culture of team, we can celebrate days like this and that’s what it’s all about.”

Ickes claimed his third championship of the season, taking a career-best 16:45.2 win for a 5k race, and edging out Dorcus Ewoi (Campbell) by nearly 15 seconds.

Ashley Jones was the second Panther to cross the finish line and raced for fourth place in 17:35.0 in only her second meeting of the season and missed her career best by just three seconds. Katie Taylor completed the top five, crossing the finish line in 17:45.0 and shaving more than 15 seconds off her personal best in a 5k race while outpacing her teammate Camryn Harper.

Harper raced to a sixth-place finish with a new personal best of 17:45.1. Ickes, Jones, Taylor and Harper were all recognized as all-conference first-team runners at the post-game awards ceremony.

Montalvo was High Point’s next finisher in ninth place (17:59.0), clocking a new career high of over 15 seconds. Joanna Poland completed 11e with a time of 18:08.5 while Anna Ritter ran right behind in 12e place (18:08.9). Poland and Ritter joined Montalvo as second-team all-conference winners.

Other HPU finishers were Sonia Piombino in 17e (18:26.5), Tessa Webb in 18e (18:28.8), and Acts of Alyssa in 20e (18:40.4).

Next: The Panthers are scheduled to participate in the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville on Friday, November 11e.



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