RICHMOND - Three days after helping Eastern Kentucky win the Ohio Valley Conference women's cross country title, senior Shannon Miller is still awed at the feat.
"It was definitely a shock. I was shocked at the whole thing," said Miller, a Boyle County High School graduate said. "I think we were going around and congratulating everybody, and everybody was telling us we had finished first.
"But until they announced it, I still couldn't believe it. I think I'm still in shock."
Miller more than did her part to bring the title back to Richmond, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 37 seconds to finish third overall. She was just 10 seconds behind the winner, Katherine Herring of Samford, and three seconds behind Eastern teammate Kathryn Ankrom.
Miller's performance earned her first team all-OVC honors.
"For the most past, I just had to stay in there. I tried to stay relaxed and focused on how to run the race mentally. It's all mental, and I just had to figure out the course and how to run it," said Miller, who made second team all-conference as a sophomore. "I went out really fast at first and I had people telling me to relax. I think I relaxed too much and (Herring) and my teammate caught up to me. And it was us right there together the whole race."