October 20, 2007

Saints make strong showing at PBC Championships

Lawalin named to PBC All-Conference team

EVANS, GA - North Georgia College & State University took 4th place on the men’s side and 8th place in the women’s race at the 2007 Peach Belt Conference Championships here Saturday morning. Emmy Lawalin was named to the PBC All-Conference team with her 8th place performance.

Women’s competition got started at 9 a.m. and Columbus State’s Isabel Speer won the 5k race with a time of 20:02.74. Lawalin paced the Lady Saints and took home her first All-conference award with a time of 20:52.58.

Bea Nelligan followed in 37th place with a time of 23:10.81 and Savannah Bryce and Jessica Anderson came in 42nd and 43rd with times of 23:26.81 and 23:32.96 respectively.

Clare Madrid rounded out the top five for the Lady Saints in 53rd place with a time of 24:20.47. Candace Chumley came in 55th place with a time of 24:33.03 and Loren Blake finished 57th, covering the course in 25:25.20.

Columbus State took home the Conference Title for their third straight year with 39 total points, followed closely by Augusta State with 46 points. North Georgia came in 8th place with 166 total points.

The men’s 8k race was won by Columbus State with 41 points and Clayton State was runner-up, just six points behind with 47. Georgia College finished third with 57 points and North Georgia came in fourth with 81 points.

Michael Valentine led the way for the Saints for the second time this season, just missing being named to the All Conference team by one place. Valentine covered the 8k course in 27:28.70 which was good for 9th place overall.

Alan Schmitz came in 13th place with a time of 27:52.71, and Teale Marchette finished in 15th place with a time of 27:59.05.

David Beall finished fourth on the team with a time of 28:57.09 which was good for 26th place overall, and Tommy Stapleton crossed the line right behind Beall in 27th place in 29:11.67. The two seniors ran in their last conference championships while both posting their best times of the 2007 season.

Josh Kerzie and Dustin LaBarge rounded out the top seven for the Saints with 30th and 35th place finishes, covering the course in 29:47.51 and 30:12.88 respectively.

North Georgia will have a weekend off before they head to the NCAA South Regional on November 3, in Huntsville, Alabama.