October 2, 2013

Nighthawks Ranked Ninth In USTFCCCA Southeast Region Poll

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia women's cross country team's quick rise into contention earned regional recognition yesterday as the Nighthawks broke into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast regional poll as the ninth ranked team.

Five Peach Belt Conference schools are ranked in the Southeast region's top-10 led by top-ranked Columbus State.  Flagler (3rd), UNC Pembroke (4th), Clayton State (6th) and Georgia Regents (7th) join UNG in representing the league in the rankings. 

North Georgia has competed in four events in 2013 having posted team victories at both the University of North Georgia Invitational and the Truett-McConnell Invitational.  The Nighthawks opened the season with a fourth place finish at the Georgia Southwestern Remembrance Run and are on the heels of a 17th place finish last weekend at the UNC Charlotte XC Invitational. 

Individually, Maggie Tindol has registered a top-10 finish in each of her three races highlighted by winning the UNG Invitational. 

The USTFCCCA is the non-profit professional organization that represents men's and women's cross country and track & field coaches in the United States.  In the three NCAA divisions, chosen representatives of the USTFCCCA conduct national coaches' polls via a subjective vote throughout the season. Regional rankings are chosen by one coach subjectively from each of the respective regions.

The Nighthawks return to action on October 12 when the team travels to Carrollton, Ga. to take part in the University of West Georgia Invitational.