The cross country team opened up the Academy fall sports season on Tuesday as they took on fellow Piedmont Triad Athletic Conference teams and the heat at Ivey Redmon Park. The course was tough but the girls persevered and pushed through the elements. Sophia Iltis finished first for the Sabers, and ninth overall, with a time of 28:46. Due to injury and illness, there were only five girls running in the race for Salem. Alia Agee, Winna Xia, Kate Dossel, and Ashley Hart represented the Sabers and pushed hard to better position themselves. The race was close and the team placed fourth but were just seven points shy of finishing in second place.