– The North Georgia women’s cross country team battled
the elements to take 6th place in the field of 11 teams at the 19th
annual Peach Belt Conference Championships presented by GEICO
Saturday morning at Luther Britt Park.
Columbus State continued their reign as the best in the league, taking the PBC Championship for the fourth straight season, placing three runners in the top five for 37 total points. GCSU was second with 87 points, followed by the University of Montevallo in third with 91 points. North Georgia finished sixth overall, posting 150 total points.
Sophomore Katie Vance made it two straight Peach Belt All-Conference performances Saturday morning, taking 12th place overall with a time of 24:21.76. Vance becomes the first North Georgia cross country athlete to earn all-conference honors in back-to-back seasons since the institution entered the NCAA in 2005.
Samantha Silvers followed Vance in the race, taking 24th place overall with a time of 25:14.87, while Taylor Hansen finished the 6000-meter course in 25:44.43, good for 32nd place overall.
Candace Chumley was fourth on the team and 33rd overall, finishing the championship in 25:49.04, while Clare Madrid took 49th place with a time of 27:34.59.
Becky Dunn and Savannah Bryce rounded out the field for North Georgia, taking 51st and 56th places respectively in times of 27:49.45 and 28:14.76.
Naomi Tanui blitzed the 6k course, winning the PBC Individual Championship in a time of 22:26. Tanui set an early fast pace in the overcast and humid conditions and had more than a 20-second lead halfway through before winning at the line by 35 seconds over teammate Brittany Skiles. Skiles ran 23:01, three second ahead of Clayton State’s Chelsea Ellis in third.
North Georgia returns to action in two weeks at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 7. The event will be hosted by Wingate University for the second straight year.
|24|| Samantha Silvers||25:14.87|
|32|| Taylor Hansen||25:44.43|
|51|| Becky Dunn||27:49.45|
|56|| Savannah Bryce||28:14.76|