September 19, 2009

Lady Saints Battle the Elements, Place 4th at UGA


BISHOP, GA – The North Georgia women’s cross country team battled the elements Saturday morning as they posted 117 total points to place fourth in the five-team field at the University of Georgia Invitational as heavy rain covered the course.

The University of Georgia shined at their home course Saturday morning, recording a perfect score of 15 on the newly designed 5000-meter course. The Lady Bulldogs had the first eight finishers, and were responsible for 10 of the first 11 runners to cross the line. Georgia’s Kristie Krueger captured the title, recording a time of 18:54.29 as the only runner under the 19-minute mark.

Emory University placed second at the event with 50 points, while Peach Belt Conference and in-state rival Augusta State finished third with 85 points, and the Lady Saints were fourth with 117 points. Oglethorpe rounded out the field with 149 points.

Samantha Silvers led the Lady Saints for the first time in her young career, placing 26th overall with a time of 21:45.27, while teammate Katie Vance followed in 35th place, posting a time of 22:49.80.

Becky Dunn finished just three places behind Vance, coming in 38th place overall with a time of 23:03.48, while Taylor Hansen was four places behind Dunn in 41st place, running the course in 23:33.58.

Clare Madrid rounded out the top five for the Lady Saints, as the senior finished 43rd overall with a time of 23:47.67.

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
 26  Samantha Silvers 7:00.2  21:45.27
 35  Katie Vance 7:20.9 22:49.80
 38  Becky Dunn
7:25.3 23:03.48
 42  Taylor Hansen 7:35.0 23:33.58
 43  Clare Madrid
7:39.6 23:47.67
 44  Candace Chumley
7:58.5 24:46.52
 46  Savannah Bryce 8:03.6 25:02.35
 49  Cory McIntyre 8:15.3 25:38.79
 51  Sarah Mayorga 8:32.4 26:31.98