GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG senior runner Shaina Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) and sophomore Lydia Saina (Eldoret, Kenya/Kapkenda Girls School) each set personal-records as the Spartans’ top two finishers at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational Saturday in the Blue Race at the LaVern Gbson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., the home of the 2013 NCAA National Championships.
Sumney posted a time of 21:17.79 to finish 78th in the prestigious event. She trimmed over 14 seconds off her previous best time of 21:31.99 set at the 2010 NCAA Regional race as she finished with the top time of any Southern Conference runner in the race.
Saina continued her vast improvement as she placed 90th in the race with a new personal-best time of 21:22.88. She shattered her previous top time by almost two minutes. Her previous time of 23:09.50 was set last season at the same Pre-National race in Louisville.
Senior Chelsea Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) was the Spartans’ third best finisher Saturday, placing 129th with a time of 21:39.50.
The Spartans return to action Nov. 2 as they travel to Birmingham, Ala., for the 2013 Southern Conference Championships.