October 11, 2008

Cross Country Finishes Strong at Furman Invite

Men's Results | Women's Results

Greenville, SC – The North Georgia College & State University women finished ninth, and the men took 13th at the 2008 Furman Invitational Cross Country Meet Saturday morning.

The men got things started at the Furman Golf Course with their 8K event, as Furman University took home the top prize with 36 points, edging out Samford University in second place and Marshall University in third place. The Saints finished 13th with 325 total points in a field of 150 runners.

Freshman Kyle Ashcroft led the way for the Saints, taking 64th place with a time of 29:29, while Alan Schmitz finished ten places later, crossing the line in 74th place in 29:39.

North Georgia would bunch together a trio of runners to round out their top five as Tyler Mattix, Alex Kenna, and Teale Marchette all finished in a span of five seconds. Mattix crossed the line in 80th place in 29:54, Kenna finished 81st in 29:56, and Marchette followed in 82nd position with a time of 29:59.

The women would follow with their 5K race as Samford University finished in front, posting 38 points to take home the title. Furman University followed in second place with 47 points, and the College of Charleston finished a distant third with 140 points. The Lady Saints finished inside the top ten, coming in ninth place with 246 points in a field of 140 participants.

Emmy Lawalin led North Georgia once again, finishing in 36th place with a time of 20:47, while freshman Katie Vance came in 51st place in 21:19.

Meghan Riggin followed in 61st place in a time of 21:53, while Crystal Crouch crossed the line in 63rd position, just two seconds behind Riggin in 21:55. Taylor Hanson rounded out the top five, finishing in 64th place with a time of 21:56.

Both teams will have a week off before traveling to Milledgeville, Georgia, on Saturday, October 25, for the 2008 Peach Belt Conference Championships.