October 26, 2013

Women's Cross Country Finishes Seventh At PBC Championship

AMERICUS, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia women's cross country team finished in 7th place out of 12 schools at the 23rd Annual Peach Belt Conference Championship meet on Saturday at the Sumter County Parks & Recreation Sports Complex.  UNG collected 169 points and finished just two points shy of sixth-place Georgia Regents.

Emily Beusse
was the Nighthawks' top finisher with a 6K time of 22:56 that was good for 23rd place out of 100 racers.  Ellie Tanner and Caitlin Connell posted identical times of 23:19 to secure places 34 and 35.

Maggie Tindol was North Georgia's fourth finisher with a time of 23:39 which was good for 37th place while teammate Alyssa Sale rounded out UNG's top-five finishers with a 40th place finish after crossing the line in a time of 23:35. 

Flagler College freshman Sara Mund won the individual title in a time of 21:35 and helped the Saints to their first-ever women's cross country championship with 54 points. 

Columbus State finished second in the team standings with 96, edging out Clayton State in third with 99.  UNC Pembroke finished fourth while Montevallo was fifth.

Mund was part of a large group of runners through the first half of the race at the Americus-Sumter County Parks  & Recration course, but broke away over the last mile to win by 12 seconds over Montevallo's Cheyenne Thompson.  Mund's time of 21:35 is the fastest 6k time ever run in the Peach Belt championship, the previous record was 22:26 set by Columbus State's Naomi Tanui in 2009. 

By virtue of UNG's seventh-place finish and Young Harris College's ninth-place finish, the Nighthawks pick up another season point in the Battle of Blood Mountain competition. 

North Georgia's Ann Marie Morehouse was honored following the meet as she and Nicole Smith of Young Harris shared the Peach Belt's Elite 15 Award presented by GradesFirst. The award is modeled on the NCAA's Elite 89 and honors the student-athletes competing in the championship event with the highest cumulative GPA. The Peach Belt Conference presents an Elite 15 Award at each postseason event.  Only student-athletes competing in the championship are eligible for consideration.  Cross Country, golf and track & field are the only championships that allow every PBC team to compete, the rest allow only the top eight teams in the standings to participate. 

North Georgia will return to action on November 9 when the team participates in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Meet in Charlotte, N.C..

Note: Photo is Emma Robbins accepting Elite 15 award on behalf of Ann Marie Morehouse.