(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans women’s cross country runner Annie Hills has been named the Runner of the Week by the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). Hills earned the award after her performance at the Watson Ford Invitational on October 4th. She took sixth place at the 6K race with a time of 25:02.48.
Hills’ time was the third fastest 6K in Loyola school history. She currently holds the 6K record time with a 24:08 time at the LSU Invitational last year. Catherine Baggert has the second fastest mark, posting a 24:47 at the LSU Invitational in 2001.
The senior marketing major also bested 77 runners in the non-division I race and 25 division I runners. She finished behind only two division I runners. Hills’ time paced the Pack as the women’s squad took third place at the meet. The Watson Ford Invitational was held at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Mississippi.
“It’s tough not racing for a month due to a cancelled meet, but Annie was up to the challenge. She’s going to be even faster by the time we get to conference. She is a great competitor. We don’t run many 6K races, but she saved energy for the last 1000 meters and chased down numerous competitors to finish in sixth,” said head coach Andy Canegitta.
The Swisher, Iowa native now has two top six finishes so far this season in two races. Last year Hills received two cross country runner of the week awards from the SSAC and was named Newcomer of the Year by the conference. She also received a runner of the week award during track season.
She and the rest of the Wolf Pack cross country teams will return to action on October 18th at 5 p.m. at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.