Cottey XC wraps ’18 campaign in Joplin

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Cottey's Christi-Anne Beatty. Submitted

The Cottey Comet cross country team wrapped its season on Saturday, competing at the Ozark Christian College Last Chance Meet.

Cottey concluded on a high-note, as junior distance runner Christi-Anne Beatty captured a first-place finish, clocking a 20:34 in the women’s 5K (3.1 mile run).

“This was the first time in her running career to win a race,” said Cottey head coach Tony Skiles of Beatty (pictured).

“From where Christi-Anne came from, to now, it was a great way to end her collegiate cross country career. Athletes talk about going out on top, and with all that Christi-Anne has accomplished — this win was the cherry on top.”

Although he didn’t specify the number of student-athletes competing at the event, Skiles said that Beatty led the race from wire-to-wire.

“It was very exciting to see Christi-Anne take the lead for the first time in her career, and see her will-power to not give it up,” recounted Skiles.

Cottey fielded just two runners, as Beatty’s teammate, California native Sophie Weiss crossed the finish line at 24:53.

“Sophie came into Cottey as a walk-on with the cross country team,” began Skiles. “Her hard work and determination earned her a scholarship.”

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