BRIDGEWATER, WASHINGTON AND LEE WIN GUILFORD COLLEGE
CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL TEAM TITLES
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Freshman Molly Smith captured the Guilford College Cross Country Carnival womenâ€s race and helped Bridgewater College win the team title Saturday. The Eaglesâ€ Jordan White won the menâ€s race, but Washington and Lee University placed five runners among the top-nine finishers to take the menâ€s team championship.
The races highlighted the first invitational meets contested on Guilfordâ€s Meadows Course, located on the northern border of the campus. Guilford will host three meets on the refurbished course, including the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships in November.
Smith completed the six-kilometer course in 24:34.7, nearly 14 seconds in front of Wingate Universityâ€s Brittany Vish in the 70-runner field. Smithâ€s teammate, Samantha Hancock, followed in third place at 25:02.4. Catholic Universityâ€s Remy Ball (25:14.1) and Katie Sacker (25:59.5) rounded out the top five and helped the Cardinals to a strong second-place finish, just two points behind Bridgewater. Wingate, which placed four runners in the top 10, finished third in the nine-team field with 49 points.
White edged teammate Jake Griffin by a shade over three seconds to capture the eight-kilometer menâ€s race, which featured 75 runners. White hit the tape in 27:11.3, while Griffin finished in 27:14.5. Joseph Susek led Washington and Leeâ€s convincing win with a third-place effort in 27:22.6. He was followed by teammate Harrison Tucker (27:34.1) and Wingateâ€s Tesform Mehari (27:36.3).
Meet host Guilford placed fifth in the menâ€s team standings thanks to a 13th-place finish by rookie Richard Rogers (28:10.4). The Quakersâ€ women did not score, but Linnea Saby led Guilfordâ€s four runners with a time of 28:53.3.
Guilford hosts the Quaker Invitational Oct. 17 on The Meadows Course.
Concord High School won the five-team boysâ€ five-kilometer race. David Cason, a student at West Forsyth High School and the son of Guilford director of track operations Bill Cason, took the individual title in a time of 17:53.8.
Greensboro Day School placed three runners in the top seven of the girlsâ€ five-kilometer race, which was won by Samantha Sawyer (unattached) in 21:27.5.