GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s cross country placed seventh at the prestigious UVA/Panorama Farms Invitational Saturday in 5,000-meter course while the split squad ran at the Charlotte Invitational in McAlpine Park.
The Spartans posted 168 points at the Panorama Farms to finish in front of Auburn, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Navy, Liberty, High Point and George Mason. Host Virginia won the event with 42 points while Williams & Mary was second with 67 points.
Senior sisters Shaina Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) and Chelsea Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) led the way for the Spartans as they finished 10th and 12th place overall, respectively. Shaina turned in a time of 17:21.0 while Chelsea finished in a time of 17:21.30. Elaina Balouris of William & Mary won the race with a time of 16:31.8 while Virginia’s Barbara Strehler was second in a time of 16:32.7.
Sophomore Lydia Saina (Eldoret, Kenya/Kapkenda Girls School) placed 31st Saturday with a time of 18:00.20. Redshirt freshman Eira Jensen (Holmveien, Norway/Sortland VGS) recorded a new personal-best time in the 5,000-meter distance with a time of 18:24.40, trimming seven seconds from her time set at the Elon Invitational.
Additionally, redshirt freshman Katherine Link (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) also set a new career-best time finishing with a time of 18:43.70 just under her previous time of 18:45.
Three Spartans took part at the Charlotte Invitational at McAlpine Park Saturday. Senior Shannon Hall (Waldorf, Md./North Point) was the Spartans’ top finisher with a time of 23:38.70 to place 57th. Sophomore Meredith Hicks (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and junior Haley Wenos (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) rounded out the Spartans in Charlotte with times of 26:06.7 and 28:40.5
The Spartans return to action Oct. 11 as they take part in the Royals Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte.