North Georgia Shines at PBC Championships
Dahlonega, GA - North Georgia College &
State University competed at the 18th annual Peach Belt Conference
Championships this morning, with the women taking third, their
highest conference finish in school history, while the men took
fourth on the muddy West Campus Course hosted by Georgia College
& state University.
The Lady Saints proved they belonged with the best in the Peach Belt Conference Saturday morning, finishing third out of 11 teams with 110 points, just beating out GCSU for the third position. Columbus State University made history in the meet, becoming only the second school in history to win the event four consecutive years, edging out Augusta State for the coveted title.
North Georgia was led in impressive fashion by freshman Katie Vance who finished 14th overall in a time of 21:13 to be named Peach Belt Second-Team All-Conference. Vance finished just two seconds behind Savannah Sutton of Augusta State who came away with the freshman of the year award.
Emmy Lawalin finished just three spots out of an All-Conferenc award, coming in 17th with a time of 21:30, while Meghan Riggin followed in 22nd place, crossing the line in 21:43. Taylor Hanson and Crystal Crouch rounded out the top-five for North Georgia, finishing 26th and 31st respectively with times of 22:12 and 22:28.
Candace Chumley finished the 5K course in 22:41, good for for 35th place, while senior Loren Blake ran in her last PBC Championship, crossing the line in 22:49 which put her in 37th place.
The men’s 8K race was a battle from top to bottom as the six competing schools found themselves just 126 points apart, but Columbus State came out on top, winning their third straight PBC Championship, while Clayton State finished second, GCSU picked up third, and North Georgia finished fourth.
Senior Alan Schmitz led North Georgia in the muddy 8K event, crossing the line in 29:14, good for 13th place. Teale Marchette came up big for the Saints, finishing right behind Schmitz with a time of 29:25 in 18th position.
Alex Kenna (24), Kyle Ashcroft (26), and Tyler Mattix (28) all finished four spots apart as Kenna came across in 29:49, Ashcroft finished in 29:52, and Mattix followed in 29:57.
Josh Kerzie finished the course in 34th position in a time of 30:50, and Zack Loggins followed right behind Kerzie in 35th place in 31:00.
Both teams will have a week off before traveling to Wingate University on Saturday, November 8, for the NCAA South Atlantic Regionals.
Men’s Cross Country
David Marley, Columbus State
Joey Chino, Clayton State
Hillary Kiprop, Francis Marion
Stephen Waynick, Columbus State (PBC Freshman of the Year)
Walid Berkhedle, Clayton State
Tim English, Columbus State
John Neill, Columbus State
Stewart Helton, Columbus State
Anthony Aguilar, Clayton State
Roger Hagues, Columbus State
Women’s Cross Country All-Conference Team
Allison Kreutzer, Clayton State
Jenafer Forward, Augusta State
Kandace Smith, Columbus State
Andrea Lewallen, Columbus State
Andera Whitaker, Columbus State
Kelly May, Francis Marion
Kara Kreutzer, Augusta State
Olga Nunez-Lopez, Lander
Brittany Skiles, Columbus State
Ashley Arnold, Columbus State
Savannah Sutton, Augusta State (PBC Freshman of the Year)
Nicole Maitland, USC Aiken
Katie Vance, North Georgia