By Erica Henry
The Darton College men and women’s cross country teams hosted the Darton College Invitational, which was held on the campus of Darton College for the first time.
Adam Ross beat the rest of the competitors to win the overall race and the men’s division, timing in at 28:04. Taking second in the men’s 8K was Brandon Skiles with a time of 28:37. In third was Brandon Lamb with a time of 29:03. The men’s team posted a perfect score.
“Adam and Brandon trained together this summer and it showed today,” said head coach David Mann.
For the women, Bri Badie won the division with a time of 21:20. Not far behind her was Catherine Westerfield, who took second in the women’s division and timed in at 22:14. In third place was Nakeesha Wright, with a time of 22:25.
“Bri worked very hard to win this race as the individual champion,” stated Mann. “She’s a beast out there.
Catherine wasn’t feeling her best but still managed to finish very well and freshman Sha (Nakeesha) proved that she can handle the stresses of collegiate racing and the training it involves.”
Participants took their marks in front of the tennis courts and continued on through campus, passing around the soccer fields, through the woods and other Darton College scenery. Twenty-nine women and 36 men competed and in the race, which consisted of loops through the Darton College campus. The Darton wrestling team served in a prominent role as event volunteers
“I feel like our athletes like to see the support they receive for the college as well as the community,” said Mann. “I must say that I notice and I’m very appreciative also.”
In the men’s division, South Georgia College placed second, Gordon third and Andrew fourth. On the women’s side. South Georgia placed second and Wesleyan third.
The Darton men and women cross country teams hit the trail again on Sept. 11 in Americus at the Georgia Southern Remembrance Run.