Alabama State wins 2015 Women's Cross Country Title
CLINTON, Miss. – The Alabama State University women’s cross country team won its fifth-straight Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Saturday at Choctaw Trails. The Hornets were led by Paige Rankine, who earned the top spot with a time of 18:09.85. Alabama State scored 15 points and saw eight Hornet runners finish in the top 10.
Rankine's efforts earned her the 2015 SWAC Women's Runner of the Year honor.
Alabama State Head Coach Ritchie Beene was named SWAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Along with Rankine, Alabama State's Artrailia LeSane, Shantia Wilson, Tatiana Etienne and Santina Williams finished second through fifth to earn first-team All-SWAC honors.
Second-Team All-SWAC consisted of Alabama State's Shakalia Williams, Texas Southern's Mariah Stewart, Alabama State's Brandee Ebert and Sad Lavallias, and Prairie View A&M's Constance Jacob.
In the team competition, Prairie View A&M placed second with a score of 85, and Texas Southern finished third with 119 points.
Athlete of the Year: Paige Rankine - Alabama StateCoach of the Year: Ritchie Beene - Alabama State
2015 All-SWAC Women's Cross Country - First Team
|Paige Rankine||Alabama State|
|Artrailia Lesane||Alabama State|
|Shantia Wilson||Alabama State|
|Tatiana Etienne||Alabama State|
|Santina Williams||Alabama State|
2015 All-SWAC Women's Cross Country - Second Team
|Shakalia Williams||Alabama State|
|Mariah Stewart||Texas Southern|
|Brandee Ebert||Alabama State|
|Sade Lavallias||Alabama State|
|Constance Jacob||Prairie View A&M|