Women’s Cross County Season Recap

Women’s cross country was led by two talented runners, Jillian Sisk ’27 (left) and Gretal Shank ’25.—Photos courtesy VMI Athletics.

The VMI women’s cross country team is in good hands under the leadership of Zack Scott ’89, VMI director of cross country/track and field, who brought in a talented group of rats to steer the program in the right direction.

Jillian Sisk ’27 led VMI in every race this fall and showed her future potential by being named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team following her performance at the league race. At the SoCon Championship, the Richmond, Virginia, native placed 24th overall with a 5K time of 18:14.8.

Gretal Shank ’25 came in second for VMI at the league meet as she crossed the line in 41st place in 19:08.4. Olivia Hurd ’27 consistently placed third for VMI during the course of the season and finished the SoCon race in 61st place overall in 20:24.6.

Sisk and Shank represented VMI well at the NCAA Regional hosted by University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Sisk finished 151st overall in the 6K race with a time of 22:39.0, and Shank came in 207th overall in 24:03.7.

With Sisk and Hurd returning next year as a strong sophomore class in addition to Shank’s senior leadership, the VMI women’s cross country program looks to continue to make progress in 2024.