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The UNCG men’s and women’s cross country team competed in the Royals Cross Country Challenge hosted by The Queens University of Charlotte at McAlpine Creek Park Saturday morning.

On the men’s side, four Spartans competed with sophomore David Guthrie (Fayetteville, N.C./South View) bringing in the best time for the Blue and Gold for the day, finishing the 8,000-meter race at 28:20.30.  Junior John Elwood (Bethel, Conn./Northern Guilford) ran a 29:28.30 and Jonathan Hodge (Kannapolis, N.C./A.L. Brown) finished at 31:41.20. Sophomore Andrew Ramsey (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview) came in at 34:58.20.

For the women, UNCG finished 20th overall, as local rival Wake Forest took home first place honors. Freshman Amanda Branch was the top female finisher for the Spartans, wrapping up the 5,000-meter race with a time of 20:29.70. Samiiah Wilson (Apex, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) finished the day with a time of 20:44.70.  Sophomore Katlyn Adkins (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) recorded a time of 21:50.90, while junior Meredith Hicks (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) finished the race in 22:43.80.  Freshman Sarah DeSantis (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) finished with a time of 23:43.40.

The Spartans have one more meet before hosting the 2014 Southern Conference Championships at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex October 31. UNCG will head to Terre Haute, Ind. October 18 for the NCAA Pre-National Invitational.