September 27, 2009

Lady Saints Shine at Mercer RunFit Invitational

MACON, GA – The North Georgia women’s cross country team had their best finish of the season Saturday morning, finishing 8th in a field of 20 teams at the Mercer University RunFit Sports Invitational, the Lady Saints fourth event in as many weeks to open the 2009 season.

Kennesaw State University captured the team victory at the event, claiming the top two individual spots on their way to 75 total points, while Florida Southern was second, the University of West Georgia was third, and the University of Montevallo was fourth, just ahead of PBC rivals GCSU (179), Columbus State (182), Clayton State (209). North Georgia followed Clayton State with 243 total points.

Katie Vance led the Lady Saints, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 20:35 good for 22nd place overall. Samantha Silvers was 13 places behind Vance, crossing the line in 35th place with a time of 21:10.

Taylor Hansen was third on the team, finishing in 46th overall in 21:30, while Becky Dunn finished in 71st place with a time of 22:08.

Candace Chumley rounded out the top five and the scoring for North Georgia, running the 5k course in 22:15, good for 78th place overall.

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
 22  Katie Vance
 35  Samantha Silvers
 46  Taylor Hansen
 71  Becky Dunn
 78  Candace Chumley
 83  Clare Madrid
 97  Savannah Bryce
 116  Cory McIntyre 24:06
 150  Sarah Mayorga 26:24