Four Auburn students set to participate in the epicenter of women's air racing

Photo of War Eagle Women, Orange team
Pictured above: Local media interview ARC pilots Caitlyn Miller, left, and Kendall Higdon - who together make up the War Eagle Women Orange team.  

Four female Auburn students, making up two teams, will compete in the Air Race Classic. The Air Race Classic is the epicenter of women's air racing and takes place from June 18 - 21. Auburn University is one of only 15 universities competing in the 2019 race. 

Auburn Teams:
War Eagle Women, Blue – Sierra Hardwick and Mattie McKenna
War Eagle Women, Orange – Caitlyn Miller and Kendall Higdon

Both Auburn teams will be flying a Cessna Skyhawk 172S, Nav III. The race route changes each year and is approximately 2,400 statute miles in length with eight or nine timing points (one of them occurring in LaGrange, Georgia, on June 18). 

The university was able to fund a second team to participate in the race thanks to the 163 generous donors who participated in Tiger Giving Day. The funds cover supply fuel, flight costs, food, lodging, and training.

"It means a lot to us that people who might not even be connected to aviation chose to donate and help send us to the race," Kendall Higdon said. 

This year’s race will take pilots through nine states and one Canadian province. 

“It’s exciting to bring an Auburn plane to Canada,” said Caitlyn Miller. “I don’t think that’s ever been done before.” 

Along with the chance to win the Air Race Classic overall, the highest-scoring collegiate team has the chance to have their names engraved on the coveted Collegiate Challenge Trophy. Our War Eagle Women team placed third collegiately last year and ninth overall (out of 77 teams).

"Sending two teams to the Air Race Classic shows how dedicated Auburn is to students. It also shows our committment in preparing the next generation of pilots," College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup said. 

Written by Vicky Santos | Director, News & Media Services | College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University 

Last Updated: August 21, 2019