God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.
--Attributed to Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire, the 1981 Academy Award winning film about two British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics.
This weekend the Appalachian Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship was held at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN. Seventy-three men and 58 women from eight colleges competed. Above are the top three finishers (left to right) in the men's 8K race, Wilbourn Kosgei (Montreat College), Austin Ellis (Milligan College), and Wegene Degefa (Milligan College). Kosgei finished the 8K (5 mile) race in just under 26 minutes, averaging 5:13 per mile! Congrats to the Milligan men's and women's cross country teams for winning the overall conference titles! (News release here).