USC Beaufort

USCB's Hutson finishes 217th at NAIA nationals

Running on a very muddy course in Vancouver, Wash., USC Beaufort junior Selena Hutson finished 217th out of a field of 331 runners on Saturday in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships.

Hutson's time on the 5-kilometer course at Fort Vancouver National Historical Site was 20 minutes, 16 seconds. That was a little more than a minute slower than her time in the Sun Conference Championships, but is understandable given the conditions.

"Pretty much everybody in our conference was a minute slower than they were at the conference meet," USCB coach Larry Kimball said. "It's been raining out here ever since we got here on Wednesday."

Hutson, who finished 10th in the league meet to qualify for nationals, was the eighth Sun Conference runner to cross the line on Saturday.

"I'm very proud of her, what she did," Kimball said. "She has improved so much from last year. It's going to give her the experience to run even better come track season and as a senior next year."

The Sand Sharks' third season of track begins March 5 at the North Florida Invitational.

Embry-Riddle, the top team out of the Sun Conference, finished 23rd Saturday in both the men's and women's team standings.

California State-San Marcos -- coached by former U.S. mile record-holder Steve Scott -- won the women's team title again. Justyna Mudy of Shorter College (Ga.) was the women's individual champion with a time of 17:42.