TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The UNCG men’s and women’s cross country team competed in the 2014 Pre National Invitational Saturday morning at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, home of the 2014 NCAA Championship Race, in Terre Haute, Ind.
On the women’s side, the Spartans finished 30th overall in the 6,000-meter White Race. Katlyn Ayers (Fort Valley, Va./ Strasburg) was the top finisher for the Blue and Gold, finishing 63rd overall with a time of 23:02.50. The time was a new personal best for the Fort Valley, Va. native.
Redshirt sophomore Eira Jensen (Alsvag, Norway/ Sortland Videregaende Skole) finished close behind at 71st, with a time of 23.07.90. Amanda Branch finished the day at 25:33.20. Sophomore Samiiah Wilson (Apex, N.C /Cardinal Gibbons) completed the race in 26:36.30 and junior Meredith Hicks (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) came in at 28:20.10.
On the men’s side, freshman Geoffrey Korir (Eldoret, Kenya) led the way, finishing 40th overall with a time of 25:55.50, for his first 8,000-meter race of his young career. Senior Brandon Cain (Graham, N.C./Coker College) finished the race at 27:28.10. Patrick O’Grady (Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity) completed the race with a time of 27:39.40.
Freshman Bryan Whyms (Charlotte, N.C./ Northside Christian Academy) finished in 28:21.30 and classmate Luke Sumerford finished in 28:32.90, who also ran his first 8,000-meter race Saturday morning. The Spartans finished in 25th place as a team in the 8,000-meter White Race.
Next up, UNCG will host the 2014 Southern Conference Championships on October 31 at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, N.C.