Edwardsville, Ill. -- The Missouri Southern women's cross country team had all five scoring runners finish in the top ten, but Pittsburg State had the top three and the Lions fell just 12 points from the championship at the Southern Illinois - Edardsville Cougar Open.
Silvia Pineda led a contingent of Southern runners that finished fifth, sixth and seventh as the senior crossed the finish line of the 6k course in 23:00.86. Marlee Tegenkamp and Olga Bulgurova placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
The Lions were second, just a dozen points behind Pittsburg State, but placed 50 points in front of Division I Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Division III Washington University placed fourth, while Division II St. Joseph's was fifth.
Southern will be back in action on November 6 when the Lions will compete in the 2010 MIAA Cross Country Championships at Fort Hays State University.