The North Greenville Crusaders took home an 8th place finish out of nineteen teams in the Wingate Bulldog Stampede. Featured in the Regional Preview were all NCAA Division II programs including four other Conference Carolinas members in Belmont Abbey, Converse, Erskine and Mount Olive.
Head Coach Cameron Stober felt that the women had a very strong performance in the event. "I thought we ran really well today. Hope attacked the race from the gun and did a great job leading our women's team. Grace had a huge race, finishing number two for us and running a lifetime PR. Paige Trent has had two impressive races to start her college career, running number five for us today on her way to a new PR. Madeline and Kat also had strong performances today.
To have a top 10 team finish on both sides despite some of the injuries that we've been battling is exciting. These men and women have worked really hard, and it's always rewarding to see it pay off on race day. We are going to continue to work hard and do our best to get/stay healthy. I'm very proud of our performance today, and I'm excited to see what the rest of the season has in store."
Hope Whisman was the top finisher for NGU for the second straight meet. She rounded out the top 25 with a time of 24:22.0.
Grace Valentine placed 35th overall, finishing with a time of 24:55.8.
Mary Abbott was the next Crusader to finish, posting a time of 25:18.7 for 45th place overall.
Jadyn Slaughter recorded a time of 25:48.4 to finish in 55th place.
Paige Trent placed 67th with a time of 26:41.6. In just her second collegiate event, Trent scored team points for the first time as a collegiate athlete.
Madeline Merrell, Katherine Cruz, Shelley Martin, and Cori Small rounded out the Crusader finishers with times of 27:57.0, 26:57.6, 27:04.1, and 27:20.7 respectively. Merrell's time is a liftime personal record in the 6K event.
Up next for NGU is the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic on Saturday, October 5th in Louisville, Kentucky.