Women take 3rd, men finish 7th at Conference Carolinas Championships

Women take 3rd, men finish 7th at Conference Carolinas Championships
Friday, October 21, 2016
Women take 3rd, men finish 7th at Conference Carolinas Championships

Concord, N.C. – North Greenville men’s and women’s cross country put another race in the books on Friday night with 7th and 3rd place finishes at the Conference Carolinas Championship.

The NGU men’s team turned in a 7th place finish at the league championships, paced by freshman Jonathan Keller. Keller finished 20th overall after running a 28:29.33. Dominic Powell was second on the men’s team with a time of 29:54.29. Powell finished 37th overall on Friday evening out of 75, total runners.

Austin Nobles and Jacob Grigg placed 39th and 48th with times of 30:08.18 and 30:58.80 for the Crusaders. Other times for the men included a 31:52.81 for Alejandro Sanchez, 32:39.43 for Zachary Chastaine, 35:49.95 for Brandon Burke.

Mount Olive took home the title for the men’s race while Lees-McRae and King wrapped up the top three finishers. Limestone, Barton, and Pfeiffer claimed spots four through six. 

The women’s team turned in the best finish in school history, besting the previous best of fourth place set last season. Mount Olive took home the title while Limestone finished second. Pfeiffer and Belmont Abbey rounded out the top five with NGU in third place.

The Crusaders were paced by a new face on Friday as Cori Small headlined the NGU lineup with a time of 24:23.16. The freshman turned in North Greenville’s only top 10 finish of the weekend. Small’s time on Friday was a personal best for the true freshman.

Rebecca Watson and Kaleigh Roach were next best finishers for the Crusaders, placing in the top 20 with 18th and 20th place times. Watson ran the 6K race in 25:07.13 while Roach turned in a time of 25:27.03. Watson’s time was also a personal best in her last cross-country race as a Crusader. Hope Whisman and Victoria Davies finished back-to-back with times of 25:57.61 and 26:05.36. Whisman was 29th overall while Davies finished in 30th. Davies was the third runner of the day for North Greenville to set a personal record in the 6K.

Other times for North Greenville included a 26:46.29 for Amanda Ward, a 27:01.57 for Nayeley Valenciano, a 27:12.89 for Katherine Cruz, and 28:53.85 for Shelby Wright. Ward finished in 40th, while Valenciano and Cruz finished 44th and 46th. Wright rounded out the NGU finishers with a 65th place finish. The Crusaders raced against 80 other runners from 10 Conference Carolinas schools.