September 27, 2009

Saints Takes 12th at Mercer RunFit Invitational

MACON, GA – The North Georgia College & State University men’s cross country team finished 12th in the 15-team field Saturday morning at the Mercer University RunFit Sports Invitational, the Saints fourth event in as many weeks to open the 2009 season.

Division I powerhouse Kennesaw State University paced the field in the 8,000-meter event, claiming the team title with 37 total points, while Columbus State was second, Mercer University third, and the University of West Georgia was fourth. North Georgia was 12th overall with 313 points.

Tyler Mattix led the Saints once again, finishing in 24th place with a time of 28:11.78, while teammate Charlie McKinney was second on the team in 66th position, crossing the line in 29:47.62.

Teale Marchette and Nicholas Bava finished third and fourth on the team respectively for North Georgia. Marchette finished the 8K in 71st place with a time of 30:00.53, while Bava was in 92nd place with a time of 30:54.09.

Andrew Garritson rounded out the scoring for the Saints, coming in 94th place overall with a time of 30:56.84, sending North Georgia to 313 points.

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday, October 10, traveling to Jacksonville State University for the Foothill Invitational, the site of the Saints’ first race of the season.

North Georgia Individual Results

 Place   Finisher  Total Time
 24  Tyler Mattix
28:11.78
 66  Charlie McKinney 29:47.62
 71  Teale Marchette 30:00.53
 92  Nicholas Bava
30:54.09
 94  Andrew Garritson 30:56.84
 109  Cody Carlson
32:11.94
 117  Zack Loggins
32:53.69