October 25, 2013

Women's XC Team Prepped For Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet

AMERICUS, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The 23rd Annual 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women's Cross Country Championship is set for Saturday, October 26 and will be hosted by Georgia Southwestern State University at the Sumter County Parks & Recreation Sports Complex.  The women's 6K race is set to begin at 9:45 following the 8K men's championship.

"The PBC Championship is something we have worked towards since the beginning of the season," stated UNG head coach Tom Williams.  "Our training has been positive and our times have continued to decrease.  We are excited about the opportunity ahead of us."

Of the 12 competing schools, eight teams have claimed a team victory during the 2013 season setting up for a highly-contested championship.  Clayton State is the defending Peach Belt champions; capturing their second title last year with a seven-point margin over Columbus State, the second-closest margin of victory in PBC history.  Columbus State won six PBC titles in a row from 2005-10 and look to get back on top this Saturday. 

The championship course will be familiar territory for the Nighthawks as the team opened the 2013 season at GSW's Remembrance Run on September 7 with a fourth-place finish out of 12 teams.  UNG followed that strong performance by winning a pair of team titles (North Georgia Invitational and Truett-McConnell Invitational) in a span of less than a week.

Maggie Tindol leads North Georgia having posted the best time in each of the four races that she raced.  Her best 6K time of 22:34 came at the Charlotte XC Invitational on September 24.  Emily Beusse looks to repeat her 12th place finish from last year, which earned her 2nd team All-Conference honors. 

The latest U.S Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region rankings have six Peach Belt schools ranked in the top-10: Columbus State (2nd), Georgia Regents (4th), Flagler (6th), UNC Pembroke (7th), Clayton State (8th) and Georgia College (10th).

The top seven finishers in the women's race will earn 1st team All-Conference honors with places 8-14 garnering 2nd team All-Conference honors.