Covenant Men, Women Compete In North Georgia Cross-Country Invite

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Covenant men's and women's cross country teams had yet another strong showing on Saturday in the University of North Georgia Invitational held in Oakwood, Ga. Led by a fourth place finish from Stephen Dillon, the men's team placed second while the women, aided by a sixth place run from Beth Burgess, finished third.

Dillon ran the men's 8k in a time of 29:58 to pace the Scots. Two other Covenant runners also finished inside the top 10 in Matt Gorter (sixth, 30:45) and Zach Smith (ninth, 31:11). Jack Williams just missed a top 10 run with a time of 31:42 which put him in 11th, while Si Mitchell placed 13th coming in at 31:56.

"Guys had a great day and keep improving every week," said head coach Katie Stanford. "We had 5 PRs today including Jack Williams who just missed the top 10 and had the best finish of his career. It's exciting to see how far he has come" 

Overall, Covenant scored 43 team points. Truett-McConnell came away with both the team title and individual winner. TMC's Luis Gonzalez finished the 8k in 28:14. Covenant also finished above USA South Conference foe LaGrange marking the third straight week that the Scots have bested a team within the conference.

On the women's side, Burgess was Covenant's top finisher as she had a 5k time of 20:49. Esther Anderson placed 11th with a time of 21:14 and Anna Hankal was not far behind as she finished 12th at 21:23. Freshmen Grace Bodron (18th, 22:20) and Natalie Barkmann (20th, 22:45) rounded out the top five Covenant runners.

"Beth had another great race and top ten finish, and our 2nd through 6th girls closed the gap on each other," added Stanford. "We also had 4 PRs on the girl side." 

The women were third of six teams with 67 points, but also beat out LaGrange. Host North Georgia took home the team title as they placed five runners inside the top 10. Maggie Tindol of North Georgia won the 5k with her time of 19:53.

The Covenant teams will be free from competition for the next two weeks before participating in the Greensboro College Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28.


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