October 11, 2007

North Georgia records pair of runner-up finishes at Erskine

Schmitz, Valentine, and Lawalin all bring home top ten finishes

DUE WEST, SC - North Georgia College and State University finished with their best results of the season, as both teams finished second at the Erskine Invitational hosted by Erskine College on Thursday afternoon.

In the women’s 5k race, Wingate University finished first with 86 points and they were followed closely by the Lady Saints with 90 points. WSSU finished third with 99, Erskine was fourth with 138 and Lander finished fifth with 144 total points.

The pace was set by WSSU's Irene Jeptolo who finished with a time of 19:12, almost one minute faster than second place Amber Hines of Wingate, who finished with a time of 20:15.

Emmy Lawalin led North Georgia, finishing third - her highest finish of her career - with a time of 20:51. She was followed by Tiffany Rives - her highest finish of her career - in 13th place with a time 21:51, Bea Nelligan finished in 20th place with a time of 22:29 and Savannah Bryce with a time of 23:16 in 32nd place.

Clare Madrid finished in 35th place with a time of 23:41, while Loren Blake rounded out the Lady Saints with a time of 24:44 in 50th place.

On the men’s side, the 8k race was won by Wingate University with a total of 66 points, and they were followed closely by North Georgia in second place with 69 points. Erskine came in third with 96 points, while Newberry finished fourth with 128 points and WSSU was fifth with 162 points.

Jayce Watson of Wingate set the pace, winning with a time of 26:16. He was followed across the line by Frederick Smith of Claflin with a time of 27:36.

Alan Schmitz was the top finisher for the Saints, finishing in third overall with a time of 27:49. He was followed across the line by Michael Valentine in eighth place with a time of 28:31. Teale Marchette rounded out the Top 10 for North Georgia, finishing in ninth with a time of 28:33.

Rounding out the runners for North Georgia on Thursday afternoon - Josh Kerzie finished 23rd with a time of 30:20, followed closely by teammates David Beall (24th) at 30:21 and Tommy Stapleton (25th) at 30:28. Andrew Garritson finished 33rd with a time of 31:11, followed by Alex Kenna with a time of 31:38 in 38th place.

Both teams are back in action October 20 at the Peach Belt Conference Championships in Evans.