Wingate, NC - North Georgia College & State University recorded a pair of top ten finishes Saturday morning as the men raced to a seventh place finish and the women took ninth place out of 16 teams at the Pre-Regional Wingate Invitational.
The men's team got things started with their 10K event as Clayton State had three of the first five runners cross the line for 34 total points and a first place finish. Mars Hill College and Wingate University rounded out the top three while the Saints finished seventh overall.
A pair of freshman led the Saints as Kyle Ashcroft finished the 6.2-mile course in 36:08, which was good for 23rd place. Tyler Mattix followed in 35th place with a time of 37:10, and senior Alan Schmitz crossed the line in 38th place in 37:31.
Sophomore Teale Marchette took 44th place for the Saints with a time of 37:43 and Josh Kerzie rounded out the scoring for North Georgia in 53rd place in a total time of 38:58.
The women followed and competed against some of the best teams in the area as Augusta State University put five runners in the top ten to claim the team title with 37 total points. Wingate followed in second place and GCSU finished third while the Lady Saints took ninth overall with 201 points.
Emmy Lawalin paced the Lady Saints for the second straight week as she ran the 6K course in 26:24, which put her less than one second behind UNC Pembroke's Tierra McIntoch in 18th place.
Meghan Riggin crossed the line in 35th place, finishing the 3.72-mile race in 27:07, while Candace Chumley finished 15 spots later in 50th place in a time of 27:46.
Taylor Hansen finished fourth on the team for North Georgia in 53rd place with a time of 27:52, while senior Loren Blake rounded out the top five in 55th place with a time of 27:58.
Both teams will be in action next weekend, traveling to Macon, Georgia, to compete in the Georgia Collegiate Championships as the women are slated to start at 9:00 a.m., followed by the men at 10:00 a.m.