RAPPAHANNOCK VALLEY, Va. – Led by Dieunise Desir who collected All-CAC honors for the second-straight year, the Wesley College women's cross country team finished a program-best 6th of ten teams at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships held at Four Winds Golf Course on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolverines were picked to finish seventh in the CAC Preseason Poll, just behind St. Mary's, but were able to defeat the Seahawks on the day. Finishing just ahead of Wesley was Frostburg State despite Desir beating out every Bobcats runner by 46 seconds. The Bobcats entire top five ran between 24:00 and 25:24. Desir also was faster than any runner from Salisbury University who placed fourth as a team.
A sophomore from New Castle, Del., Desir shaved 21 seconds off her 6K school-record to finish 16th overall in 23:13.4. Desir, who was the first Wolverines cross country runner to earn All-CAC honors a year ago, is just the fourth Wesley runner to earn All-Conference honors multiple times as three others did so when the Navy & White competed in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.
Wesley's entire top six ran times that eclipsed Wesley's previous top ten time of 26:24. Freshmen Alyson Davis and Mercedes Myrick, as well as fellow newcomer Danae Carter ran as a pack and finished in 25:30, 25:33 and 25:34, respectively, to place 55th through 57th overall. Davis and Myrick are now ninth and tenth in school-history in the 6K. Carter was 58th of 93 runners.
Rounding out the top five was sophomore Miata Reese, who covered the 3.75 mile course in 26:05.4 while her younger sister Kenya Reese clocked a 26:10 to take sixth on the team, both of which were personal records. Also competing was freshman Chiquita Deline, who ran her first 6K in 26:44.5, and sophomore Alexus Reese (27:17).