GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG's Michelle Chewens took top individual honors to help lead the women's team to a first place finish on Saturday to open its 2010 season at the Guilford College Cross Country Carnival.
"The meet today was a chance for some of the women who have been dealing with small injury issues to really just get a workout effort in against some competition," head coach Linh Nguyen said about the women's team. "I was very happy with the way things went overall. There wasn't as much competition as I had hoped but the women did a good job of working together and getting in some quality today."
Teammates Anna Grimes and Shannon Hall rounded out the Spartans team with a sixth and seventh-place finish, respectively.
Freshman Kenny Hinman paced the men's team as he earned runner-up honors with a time of 15:56. Fellow freshman Tyron Alston also had a nice finish with a time of 16:22 to finish in fourth and Ben Vasquez turned in a fifth-place finish in 16:24.
"This was a good low-key meet for our freshmen to get some college experience and for us to see what kind of shape they are in," said Nguyen of the men's team. "Kenny and Tyron ran really well and both bettered their PR's from high school. I would have liked to have seen better results from our upperclassmen in the race but it's early and we still have a long season ahead."
Taylor Day and Ryan Solomon had seventh and 10th place finishes for UNCG as well.
The Spartans will return to competition on Sept. 18 at the Elon Invitational.
2. Kenny Hinman, 15:56; 4. Tyron Alston, 16:22; 5. Ben Vasquez, 16:24; 7. Taylor Day, 16:43; 10. Ryan Solomon, 16:55; 11. Taylor Hurst, 17:01; 15. Ben Constantinides, 17:21; 19. Ed Matthews, 18:28
1. Guilford College
3. Johnson C. Smith
4. Mountain State
5. Randolph College
1. Michelle Chewens, 19:59; 2. Jade Farlow, 20:06; 5. Jenna Paley, 20:39; 6. Anna Grimes, 20:40; 7. Shannon Hall, 22:09
3. Mountain State
4. Guilford College
5. Johnson C. Smith
7. Randolph College
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