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BURLINGTON, N.C. – UNCG cross country kicked off its 2018 season at the Elon University Opener on Friday night. The women finished third in a 4K, and the men came in fourth on a 6K course.

High Point took first place on the women’s side followed by Campbell. The host school Elon and Duke were behind UNCG for fourth and fifth place. North Carolina A&T, Meredith and North Carolina Central finished in the bottom three slots.

Campbell secured first on the men’s side. Duke and High Point were the other two schools to finish ahead of the Spartans. Just like on the women’s side, Elon came in right behind UNCG followed by North Carolina A&T and North Carolina Central.

Taylor Delaney led the Spartans, and Kaitlyn Stone recorded the Spartans’ next top finish. Ariana Garcia and the freshmen duo of Chandler McCaslin and Kathryn Anderson rounded out the top-five for UNCG.

"It was a lot of fun to watch the women race tonight," said head coach Chad Pearson. "It was very encouraging to see our 1-7 runners. The 1-5 spread was only 57 seconds, which is really awesome this early in the season. They were excited to race tonight, and I'm certainly excited to work with them to get even better positive results."

Juan Rodriguez paced the Blue and Gold in the 6K on the men’s side. Three freshmen followed in Thomas Knepshield, Colin Alexander and Cameron Belk. Luke Sumerford wrapped up the top-five.

It was a solid overall effort for the men," said Pearson. "With a very young team, it was encouraging to see our freshmen get their first race in. There were certainly some things we can improve on, but some positives were definitely there. Moving forward I'm really excited to see this team get better."

UNCG will be off next week and return to action Friday, Sept. 14 at the Adidas XC Challenge in Cary, North Carolina.

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