Sept. 14, 2013
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams placed fourth Saturday at the inaugural Furman Classic. Junior Katie Townsend led the way for the women and junior Brandon Lasater paced the men.
Townsend crossed the line first for the Jackets for the second-consecutive meet, placing sixth in a field of 94 with a personal-best 6K time of 21:23. Junior Rachel Hammond followed Townsend just seconds later with a ninth-place finish in a career-best 21:33. Kelly Meyer also placed in the top 20, clocking a PR time of 21:49 and 13th place.
Sophomore Caroline Kissel (29th; 22:06) and freshman Hayley Keadey (31st; 22:10) rounded out Tech’s top-five finishers.
The women’s team finished with an overall time of 1:49.04, averaging a pace of 21:48 during the course of the race for 88 points.
Lasater led the men’s team with a fifth-place finish out of 95 runners and a career-best time of 24:07. Senior Shawn Roberts took 11th (PR-24:16) and he was closely followed by senior Alec Clifford (13th; 24:20). Junior Jeremy Greenwald also finished in the top 20 with a 17th-place, 24:31 performance.
Juniors Nat Estes (24th; 24:48) and Justin Weaver (28th; 25:00) rounded out Tech’s top finishers.
The men logged a total team time of 2:02.04 with an average pace of 24:24 for 70 points.
In a field of nine Division I men’s teams, Furman (35), High Point (63) and Duke (64) took the top three spots. On the women’s side Furman (48), Clemson (62) and Georgia (63) claimed the top three slots among nine women’s teams.
The Jackets return to action Friday, Sept. 20 at the Georgia State Invitational in Hampton, Ga. The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m.