TUSKEGEE, Ala. -- The Benedict College women's cross country team won the 2013 SIAC Championship on Friday, and completed an impressive feat by winning the SIAC team Academic Award as well.
Benedict took the top two spots as Jonnise Pierce claimed the individual conference title for the second year in a row. She finished the 5K course with a time of 21:28.69. Astacia Watkins finished second with a time of 21:36.59.
Benedict finished with 55 total points, while defending champion Albany State was second with 73 points.
Mikarla Swann finished fifth, giving Benedict three finishers in the top five.
Benedict also won the women's team Academic Award. Ruddesha Strachan and Stephanie Rhoden were both named to the All-Academic Team. Rhoden finished 20th overall with a time of 24:35.35. Strachan finished 27th with a time of 25:00.50.
Kadejah Outlaw finished 30th with a time of 25:21.83 to round out the runners for the Lady Tigers.
The Benedict College men finished fifth overall with 131 points in the men's championship race. Freshman Ediberto Crisanto was the top finisher for the Tigers, recording a time of 28:11.88 over the 8K course for seventh place and earning All-Conference honors.
Morehouse won the men's title with 26 points, while Clark Atlanta was second with 64. Albany State and Kentucky State were third and fourth, respectively.
Geovanni West finished 23rd overall with a time of 31:12.26 for the Tigers, while Andre Hare was 26th with a time of 31:54.49. Walter Cureton crossed the finish line in 36th place with a time of 34:25.73. Taylor Mims rounded out the finishers for the Tigers in 39th place with a time of 35:45.78.
West was named to the SIAC men's All-Academic Team.