Charleston, SC - The North Greenville University cross country team competed in the Citadel Invitational on Saturday and put forth a strong performance. The men finished 6th and the women finished 7th respectively out of the 11 Division II schools that were in attendance.
The women’s team was lead by sophomore Raven Wamer, who in her first collegiate race, ran a time of 21:30 finishing 24th overall in the Division II women’s 5K race. Sophomore Ansley Boltin ran a personal best 21:57 which was good for 28th place overall. Freshman Currie Dickerson and Junior Samantha Mayo also ran well finishing in the top 40 out of nearly 100 total runners.
The men’s team was lead by sophomore Andrew Mosteller, junior James Lind, and freshman Ben Wade who all finished within 5 seconds of each other. All three runners finished with times under 31:30 and placed in the top 40 for the Division II men’s 8K race. Freshman Jonathan Eastridge ran a personal best finishing with a solid time of 31:57 placing him at 45th out of 84 total runners.
North Greenville University assistant cross country coach Tomas Kurhajec said, “Overall I am pleased with the way the team ran today. It was a great course to run, but the conditions were very hot and I think that had an effect on some of our runners.“ Kurhajec added, “One thing that I thought we did very well on today was the way we ran together as a team. That really allowed the teammates that stayed together an opportunity to feed off each other’s energy and push each other throughout the race. We are continuing to improve as a team and I think good things are coming our way.“
The NGU cross country men’s and women’s team does not have much time to rest before their next race as they will travel to Charlotte, NC to compete in the UNC Charlotte Invitational this coming Friday October 1, 2010. The tenative start time is set for 4:00 PM.