March 29, 2008

Track & Field teams open season at Emory University

Saints and Lady Saints finish strong in Track & Field debut

ATLANTA, GA – North Georgia College & State University officially opened the 2008 track & field season over the weekend at the Emory Asics Classic on the campus of Emory University. The men took 12th place in the event and several women finished strong against some of the top teams in division II.  

On the men’s side, North Georgia had three competitors in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races as the Saints placed as high as 15th. In the 100-meter event, Austin Campbell led the way in 20th place with a time of 11.85, while Michael Karatey and Chris Kearney placed 26th and 28th respectively with times of 11.94 and 12.14. In the 200-meter race, the same trio competed and crossed the line in the same order with Campbell, Karatey, and Kearney all finishing within one second of each other with times of 24.23, 24.61, and 24.62 respectively.

In the distance races, Andrew Garritson started things off in the 1500-meter event with a 38th place finish in a time of 4:39.73, while Alex Kenna competed in the 5000-meter race and crossed the line in 34th place with a time of 18:06.08.

In the field events, Dillon Bowers came in 3rd, clearing a height of 13.5 ft, while Joey Robinson placed 7th overall with a height of 11.5 ft to give North Georgia 8 total points and a tie for 12th place with Franklin College.

On the women’s side, Crystal Crouch competed in the 800-meter race, finishing 34th with a time of 2:42.82 and also finished 25th in the 1500-meter race in 5:34.00. Savannah Bryce competed in the 1500-meter event as well, coming in three places behind her teammate in 28th place with a time of 5:55.55

Bea Nelligan, Loren Blake, and Candace Chumley competed in the 5000-meter event, with all three finishing within 30-second of each other. Nelligan paced the way in 23rd place with a time of 22:03.25, while Blake crossed the line in 25th place in 22:12.56, and Chumley was right behind her teammate in 26th place in 22:32.25.

North Georgia will return to action on April 5, at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.