The UNCG men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Friday afternoon. The women’s team completed the 6,000-meter race in 30th place overall, with William & Mary, Virginia and North Carolina taking the top three honors respectively.
On the men’s side, the Spartans finished in 29th overall. Virginia finished in first overall, with fellow Southern Conference member Furman finishing second and North Carolina wrapping up third.
Eira Jensen (Alsvag, Norway/ Sortland Videregaende Skole) was the top female finisher for the Spartans, setting a new personal record with a final time of 22:11.60. Katherine Link (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) came in second for the Blue and Gold, finishing at 22:26.90. Katlyn Ayers (Fort Valley, Va./ Strasburg) set a new personal best for the 6,000-meter race with a time of 22:44.40.
Amanda Branch finished the day at 24:50.80, which is a new personal best for the freshman. Samiiah Wilson (Apex, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) also had a new best time, coming in at 25:56.60. Finishing close behind was Katlyn Adkins (Fayetteville, N.C./ Terry Sanford) with a time of 26:14.60 in her first 6,000-meter race of her career. Meredith Hicks (Raleigh, N.C./ Leesville Road) finished the day at 26:26.50.
Geoffrey Korir (Eldoret, Kenya) was the Spartans top male finisher for the 10,000-meter race with a final time of 32:41.90 to finish 123rd overall. The race was the first 10,000-meter race of his career. Freshman Luke Sumerford (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) was the Spartans second finisher, with a time of 33:27.60, who also ran his first 10,000-meter race Friday. Fellow classmate Robel Tecle (Cary, N.C./Cary) finished the day at 34:29.60.
Patrick O’Grady (Roswell, Ga. /Blessed Trinity) finished the day at 34:46.10 with Bryan Whyms (Charlotte, N.C./ Northside Christian Academy) not far behind, finishing the race at 35:08.00. Brandon King (Burnsville, N.C. / Mitchell) had a final time of 36:13.60 for the afternoon.