High Point University has consistently been, especially in recent years, one of the most successful collegiate athletic programs in the Big South. Highlighted by the first-ever NCAA Tournament win in school history by the women’s lacrosse team back in 2017, a 21-15 win over Towson, and including multiple Big South Regular Season and Tournament Championships from the men’s and women’s soccer team and women’s volleyball team, High Point University is putting themselves on the map.
Another sport that the Panthers continue to perform well in is cross-country, as they are consistently one of the best programs in the Big South. One of the most successful runners in recent years, Famke Heinst, has been at the front of the women’s cross country team, winning multiple awards over her three years at the university.
Continuing into this year with her success, Heinst, a junior from Gelderland, Netherlands, won the Big South Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for her efforts in the Commodore 6K Classic race. In the Classic, Heinst recorded a time of 5:40, finishing in second place just a second-and-a-half behind the winner. Even more impressive of Heinst’s performance was that she and the Panthers were competing against the likes of Power Five schools, such as Ohio State, Auburn, and Louisville.
Heinst and the Panthers have two weeks to prepare for their next meet, as on Friday, September 27, they will travel up to Earlysville, VA to take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers, who are hosting the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational.
At this event, I expect nothing less than more solid performances from the Panther runners.
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