The Crusaders faced stiff competition on Saturday running against teams from NCAA Division II, as well as several schools which compete on the Division I level. The top finisher on the men’s side was Furman, followed by Mount Olive, Mars Hill, Auburn, and King. The women’s top finisher was Emory, while Wake Forest, Auburn, and Georgia rounded out the top five.
Zoe Engwall was the top performer for the NGU women, running a 25:12, finishing her in 47th spot out of 147 total runners. Amanda Ward ran a 25:34 while Kelly Knutson finished 14 seconds later with a 25:48. The Crusaders also had good showings by several freshmen including Ellen Canniff, Hailey Willingham, and Samantha Hofmann. The women’s team finished with a total time of 2:11.24, a team average of 26:16.
The men were paced once again by Ahmad Nesbitt who was the top non D-1 runner. Nesbitt finished the day with a time 24:46, besting his own personal record, as well as the North Greenville 8K record. Also running solid races for the men were Ravon Wamer who broke the 29 minute mark, finishing with a time of 28:59 while Jordan Ferguson finished with a 29:16, just two seconds off of a new personal record pace.
"I'm proud of the way our student-athletes ran today. They were up against some stout competition, but ran hard and represented our school and program well,” said head coach Cameron Stober. “This wasn't an easy course, but we posted some solid times especially, for it to be so early in the season. We’ve just got to keep working hard and improving as a team."
The men’s and women’s teams will both compete in the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational next Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina.