September 28, 2013

UNG Harriers Finish 17th At UNC-Charlotte XC Invitational

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – ( – The University of North Georgia women's cross country team registered a 17th place finish out of 30 schools at the UNC-Charlotte XC Invitational this morning at McAlpin Park.  Mississippi State edged the host 49ers for the team title in one of the southeast's biggest collegiate meets.

UNG's Maggie Tindol returned to action and paced the team with a 36th place finish out of 206 runners as she traveled the 6K course in 22:34.  Emily Beusse crossed the finish line in 77th place after registering a time of 23:20. 

The Nighthawks' final three runners finished close together as Alyssa Sale (23:56, 106th), Ellie Tanner (24:01, 109th) and Caitlin Connell (24:01, 110th) rounded out the team scoring for North Georgia.

Mississippi State's Emma Neigel won the race with a time of 21:24 and finished just three seconds ahead of teammate and runner-up Katie Huston (21:27). 

MSU's team score of 58 points was just enough to hold off UNC-Charlotte's team ledger of 61.

North Georgia was one of six Peach Belt Conference schools in the race with Columbus State setting the league pace finishing sixth overall. UNG trailed UNC-Pembroke (8th), Georgia Regents (14th) and Clayton State (15th) but finished ahead of Young Harris (21st). 

The Nighthawks return to action on October 12 when the team travels to Carrollton, Ga. to take part in the University of West Georgia Invitational.