McKinney and Scott lead FHU at St. Louis Invitational
"Sloan Scott finished 11th overall in a field of 101 runners"

McKinney and Scott lead FHU at St. Louis Invitational

Sun, Oct. 25, 2015 - [Cross Country]

By Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Records are meant to be broken, but they are usually not broken one week after they are set. However, that is exactly what happened this week as FHU cross country runners Sloan Scott and Blaine McKinney both set school records this past weekend at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Fall Invitational. 

Just one week ago at the Mississippi College Choctaw Open, Blaine McKinney made school history by setting a new 8K school record with a time of 28:32. On the women's side, Scott had an impressive finish of her own finishing tenth out of 132 runners and tying her personal record of 19:46.

The Freed-Hardeman cross country teams were looking to carry the momentum from last week into their outing this weekend at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Fall Invitational and needless to say, they succeeded. Freshman Blaine McKinney was able to set another 8K school record with a time of 27:41, improving his time from last week by an impressive 51 seconds. 

Sloan Scott was able to set a school 5K record on the women's side with a time of 19:42, improving her time from last week by four seconds. In addition to setting the school record, Scott also achieved a personal record in the process and finished 11th overall in a field of 101 runners. 

Scott and McKinney were not the only runners on FHU's cross country team that performed well at the Fall Invitational as 10 of the 24 runners on the men's and women's team set personal records over the weekend.

The Lady Lions began the day at 9:45 AM on Saturday with the women's 5K race. The race consisted of 13 teams with a total of 111 runners in the field.

Nikki Coffey, from Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College, took home top honors finishing in first place with a time of 18:29. Torri Holder (College of the Ozarks), Kaitlyn Winter (Missouri Baptist University), Jami Brandow (William Woods (Mo.) University), and Sarah Pollmann (St. Louis College of Pharmacy) rounded out the top five.

Sloan Scott led the FHU women's team, finishing in 11th overall, setting a new personal record time of 19:42. Libby Elliott was the second runner to cross the finish line for the Lady Lions in 52nd place with a time of 22:39 . Kierra Male rounded out the top three for the Lady Lions finishing 59th overall with a time of 22:57

A complete list of results for the Lady Lions are listed below:

Name Place Time
Sloan Scott 11th 19:42
Libby Elliott 52nd 22:39
Kierra Male 59th 22:57
Anna Peters 68th 24:00
Cassie Searcy 70th 24:14
Anna DeBerry 71st 24:18
Kaitlyn Crews 75th 24:32


The men's cross country 8K race at the St. Louis Fall Invitational began at 10:30 AM following the women's race. The race consisted of 12 teams with a total of 111 runners in the field.

Geoffrey Kipchumba, from William Carey University, took home top honors finishing in first place with a time of 23:55. A variety of schools were represented in the top five including Kaleb Wilson with a time of 25:04, John Paul Williamson (Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College), Brett Pierce (Campbellsville University), and Phillip Cheriuyot (Missouri Valley College).

The top three runners for the Lions on Saturday were once again all freshmen. Blaine McKinney led the FHU men's team setting an 8K school record for a second straight week with a time of 27:41 and finished 27th overall. Dillon Tucker finished 52nd overall with a time of 29:05 followed by Adam Dunlap, who finished close behind in 53rd place with a time of 29:14.

A complete list of results for the Lions are listed below:

Name Place Time
Blaine McKinney 27th 27:41
Dillon Tucker 52nd 29:05
Adam Dunlap 53rd 29:14
Wes Shepherd 67th 31:47
Daniel Arnold 71st 32:50
Robby Thompson 72nd 33:27
Hunter Guess 73rd 33:47


The Lady Lion and Lion cross country teams will be back in action on November 6 as they host the American Midwest Conference Championships in Henderson, Tenn. The men's 8K race will begin at 10:00 AM followed by the women's 5K race at 11:00 AM. The AMC Championships will be the second race FHU has hosted this season.