September 19, 2009

Men's Cross Country Takes 5th at Muddy UGA


BISHOP, GA – The North Georgia College & State University men’s cross country team placed fifth Saturday morning in the six-team field at the University of Georgia Invitational, battling the pouring rains to post 139 total points in the event.

Heavy rain and muddy conditions led to slow times at the UGA Invitational, as six men’s teams competed on the newly designed 8000-meter course.

The University of Georgia recorded a perfect score in the race, taking each of the first eight places in the event for a total score of 15 points. North Avenue Trade School was second with 60 points, while Emory University was third with 69 points and Morehouse College was fourth with 128 points. The Saints’ 139 points is there second lowest score of the season.

Georgia’s Bejan Abtahi captured the individual title, crossing the line in 26:43.30, while three other Bulldogs finished within four seconds of the winner. Tyler Mattix led the way for North Georgia for the third time in as many weeks, placing 31st overall with a time of 29:33.30.

Charles Beusse finished six places behind Mattix, crossing the line in 37th position with a time of 30:53.10, while Teale Marchette was right on his heels in 40th place, posting a time of 31:05.30.

Nicholas Bava finished the course in 32:24.30, good for 49 place in the event, while Andrew Garritson rounded out the top five for the Saints in 50th place, crossing the line in 32:31.50, just seven seconds behind Bava.

North Georgia returns to action next Saturday, competing in their fourth event in as many weeks as they travel to Macon, Georgia, to participate in the Mercer Runfit Sports Invitational, one of the largest events in the southeast as 24 women’s teams and 22 men’s teams competed last year in the invitational. The event will take place at the Georgia Children’s Home.


North Georgia Individual Results

 Place  Finisher  Pace/Mile  Total Time
 31  Tyler Mattix
5:56.8 29:33.30
 37  Charles Beusse 6:12.8 30:53.10
 40  Teale Marchette 6:15.3 31:05.30
 49  Nicholas Bava 6:31.2 32:24.30
 50  Andrew Garritson 6:32.6 32:31.50
 54  Zack Loggins 6:38.9 33:02.70
 56  Zack Loggins
6:53.2 34:13.90