ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech men’s cross country team turned in an outstanding performance by sweeping the top three places to finish first at the Mitchell Invitational in Athens, Ga., Saturday morning, while the women’s team placed third.
In the men’s race, Georgia Tech finished with a team score of 39, to outdistance meet runner-up Auburn by 16 points. The Yellow Jackets clinched the meet by placing five runners in the top 25, and claiming the top three positions. Leading the Tech performers was junior Joe Stegall (Rydal, Ga.), who captured the individual title with a time of 15:35.02.
Joining Stegall in the parade of Yellow Jackets at the front of the pack were freshmen Kyle Rabbitt (Red Oak, Ga.), who finished second in his first collegiate race with a time of 15:35.84, and Brendon Mahoney (Cumming, Ga.), whose time of 15:37.24 placed him third in his first cross country race as a Yellow Jacket.
Rounding out the scorers for Tech in the race were freshman Neil McDonagh (San Francisco, Calif.), who finished 11th with a time of 15:55.43 and senior Brent Williams (Farmington, Mo.), who placed 22nd with his time of 16:14.92.
In the women’s race, Georgia Tech finished with 73 points, which was good for third behind Auburn and Georgia which tied for first at 44 points. The Yellow Jacket women were led by sophomore Amy Dock (Charlotte, N.C.), who placed sixth with a time of 11:33.91 over the two-mile circuit.
Joining Dock in the top 15 was junior Sara Pardue (Aurura, Colo.), whose time of 11:46.31 was good for 13th place. Also among the top 20 performers in the race were freshman Renee Metivier (Highland Village, Texas) in 17th place at 11:54.38, and juniors Amy Edwards in 18th place at 11:55.70, and Rachael Caruso (Duluth, Ga.) in 19th place with her time of 11:55.98.
Georgia Tech will return to action next weekend, when it travels to Raleigh, N.C. for the Wolfpack Invitational, hosted by NC State.