Davies headlines NGU's strong performance at Furman XC Classic

Davies headlines NGU's strong performance at Furman XC Classic
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Davies headlines NGU's strong performance at Furman XC Classic

Greenville, S.C. – Tori Davies paced North Greenville on Saturday afternoon with an impressive personal best, leading the Crusaders to an 8th place finish at the Furman Cross Country Classic. The Crusaders finished the day with an average time of 24:59.31.

The Rundown

  • Finish: 8/17 (Amongst NCAA Division I and II teams including Furman and Clemson)
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina
    Host: Furman University

How it Happened

  • Victoria Davies had a huge day for the Crusaders, beating her personal best in a 6k by an impressive 45-seconds. Davies broke the tape on Saturday in 24:10.91 to finish 53rd out of 162 total runners.
  • Hailey Willingham also had a personal best on Saturday with a time of 24:29.72, finishing her second on the team.
  • Hope Whisman and Nayely Valenciano both had their second fastest 6K performances with times of 24:49.14 and 25:56.75.
  • Jadyn Slaughter impressed in her 6k debut, finishing fourth on the NGU squad with a time of 25:30.03.
  • Cori Small finished the race with a time of 26:20.21.

From Coach Stober

  • “Today was great. Excellent weather conditions, lots of good competition, and an awesome atmosphere for the runners. All of which helped make for a fast race. Our men and women ran really well today. Most everyone either ran a PR or close to it. It’s exciting to see them run those types of times this early in the season. Tori Davies had a break-through race and ran a monster PR. Hailey Willingham continues to impress me. She ran a PR as well. Jadyn Slaughter crushed her first ever collegiate 6K. On the men’s side, it was great to see Ben Sessions get a PR. He’s had a long road leading up to where he is now. This is his senior year, and it’s great to watch him start it off with a PR in the 8K. Logan Childs ran a race that was mature beyond his age. This was his first collegiate 8K. He started out conservative and moved up the entire race…eventually finishing number two for the men’s team. I was very proud of how he ran today. Jonathan Keller ran a tough race as he battled through some pain that he was experiencing. Brooks Hovis has been a great addition to our men’s team this year. He came off a fairly inconsistent summer of training and is progressing quite well. He also ran a very mature race considering where he is at from a fitness standpoint. Keep an eye on him…he’s going to do some good things. Austin really stepped up today. I told him in the middle of the race that we might need him as our number five. He immediately began moving up in the race, and he ended up running a PR. I’ve been so proud of Dominic Powell lately. This young man has shown a lot of heart and determination lately. He went out aggressive and refused to settle. He’s having the best XC season of his collegiate career thus far. Trey Stewart had a very solid season opener. He had an excellent summer of training but unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to race last weekend because he was sick. For him to run the time that he did today is exciting. This is a special group, and I’m excited to see how the rest of the season unfolds.”

Coach Stober to Crusader Nation

  • “I would like to thank all of those that came out to the race today. We had a nice amount of people that came to support our runners. It means a lot to us, and we are very appreciative of your support. Special shout out to Jody Jennings for being a true cross country fan today. He was running all over the course to cheer on and encourage our team.”

Next Time Out

  • The Crusaders will take a week off before heading to Wingate, North Carolina to run in the Bulldog Stampede on September 23rd.