MOUNT BERRY, GA
– The North Georgia College & State University
women’s cross country team competed in their second race of
the year Saturday morning, finishing 9th in the field of 20 teams
at the 2009 Berry College Invitational.
The Lady Saints posted a total score of 235 to place 9th overall in the 5000-meter event, while host Berry College ran away with the event, placing three finishers in the top 10 to win the invitational with 56 total points. NAIA members Shorter College and Lee University were second and third with 76 and 89 points respectively.
Shorter’s Justyna Mudy captured the individual title, finishing the course in 18:31.26, while Berry’s Courtney Cooper finished second, and three contestants finished less than two second apart in the race for third place.
Katie Vance paced North Georgia for the second time in as many weeks, finishing 18th overall with a time of 20:27.61, less then 10 second off her collegiate best, posted last season at the Mercer Invitational.
Samantha Silvers followed Vance with a time of 21:04.87, finishing her first collegiate 5K in 32nd place at a 6:47.2 pace per mile.
TJ Hanson and Becky Dunn finished third and fourth on the team, crossing the line in 60th and 68th place with times of 21:51.80, and 22:02.39 respectively. Candace Chumley rounded out the top five and scoring for the Lady Saints with a time of 22:18.73, placing her in 69th place overall.
The Lady Saints return to action Saturday September 19, traveling to the University of Georgia to compete against some of the best teams in the country. The shotgun start is set for 8:00 a.m.