Dual meets used to be a staple of track and cross country, but they've become a rarity. However, there are only four women's cross country teams in Florida at the Junior College level; Chipola College and Tallahassee Community College have long-standing rivalries in basketball, softball, and baseball; and the two school are barely sixty miles apart. If they were any closer, they'd be in the same time zone. So when the Eagles added women's cross country as a sport in 2016, it was natural to schedule a dual meet.
The race started after the high school events of the Chipola Invitational. It was the second meeting for the two teams; the Eagles and Indians had competed a month earlier at the Cougar Challenge in Tallahassee, where TCC has placed third in the team standings and Chipola fourth. In Marianna as at the Cougar Challenge, Chipola's Nicole Morse led her team, and all the TCC runners as well. Crossing the finish line 180 meters ahead of the runner-up, Morse won the five-kilometer race in 20:16.
Samantha Reilly led the Eagles, placing second in 21:02. Chipola sophomore Lydia Wiedeman was third in 21:17, but then Tallahassee took the next two places with Susan Madeux (4th, 21:34) and Mia Wiederkehr (5th, 21:41). Ashley Jones (7th, 23:24) and Ellie Stubblefield (8th, 23:53) finished the scoring for the Eagles, and Tallahassee had 26 points. Anything less than 28 points wins a dual meet, so the competition had been decided--TCC had its first win in cross country.
After the dual, Chipola and Tallahassee went their separate ways. TCC was scheduled to run in the FSU Invitational back home in Tallahassee on 7 October 2016, and Chipola had plans to run at Disney on 8 October 2016. But the two teams would cross paths again at the NJCAA Region 8 Championship Meet at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.
- Complete results of the Tallahassee Community College vs Chipola College dual meet
- Find an upcoming cross country, road, or track race on the Trouble Afoot! calendar