Greenville, S.C.—Both the men's and women's cross country teams turned in solid performances at the Furman Classic with finishes of 11th and 12th among non-Division I schools.
Kaleigh Roach finished in the pole position for the NGU women and top 50 overall (including Division I) runners with a time of 24:40. Her time set a new school record in the 6k. Tori Davies was equally impressive in only her second career race crossing the line 53rd with a time of 24:55.
Rounding out the women's finishers for NGU were Hailey Willingham and Rebecca Watson who finished third and fifth while Amanda Ward finished fourth for the Crusaders.
Ben Sessions put together a solid race on the men's side, breaking the tape in 26:22. Sessions turned in the third fastest men's finish in school history for an 8k race and finished 70th out of 296 runners.
Dominic Powell finished second for the men's squad with a time of 28:24 while Daniel Wade and Trey Stewart earned the third and fourth spots for the men with times of 28:43 and 28:46. Jacob Grigg took the team's fifth spot.
"I am so proud of both our men and women. TOday was one of the best cross country meets that I've been a part of since I began coaching here," remarked head cross country coach Cameron Stober. "Both teams executed their race strategies extremely well, and we set a lot of personal records against a loaded field. I am really proud of how poised and patient our runners were througout the race. We have an incredible group of athletes, and I'm excited to see how we continue to progress as a team throughout the season."
Both teams will be back in action on September 26th when they take on the Bulldog Stampede hosted by Wingate University.