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Cross Country - Fri. Oct. 05, 2012

WEST POINT, Ga. ---- The Auburn Montgomery cross country teams continued their seasons Friday afternoon at the Skyhawk Invitational, hosted by Point University.

The men finished sixth out of 11 teams, highlighted by top-15 finishes by Garrett Carr and Zach Sollie, while the women finished 10th out of 10.

Carr finished in 11th place out of a field of 78 after running an 8K time of 28:58.25. It was his third fastest time of the season, and the fifth fastest time in AUM history.

Sollie was not far behind, completing the course in 29:08.47 and ranking 13th. Ryan Schwartzman (30:00.20, 24th), Andrew Russell (31:42.35, 44th) and Adam Russell (33:54.75, 60th) were the other scoring runners for the Warhawks.

"The guys are progressing fairly well," Head Coach Michael Gross said. "We've got a couple of nagging injuries which are slowing a few guys down, but I'm encouraged. The biggest thing over the next three weeks is to get everybody healthy so that we can go into [the SSAC Championships] nice and strong."

Josh Jenkins (34:50.47, 62nd), Shaw Cornelius (35:12.76, 64th) and Aaron West (37:25.97, 70th) rounded out the male runners for AUM.

AUM finished in sixth place with 150 points. The team was only eight points behind fourth-place Reinhardt.

Karlton Mitchell, representing Morehouse College, had the fastest individual time at 26:33.42. The D-II Maroon Tigers also dominated the team standings, finishing in first place with only 29 points.

Katherine Toy finished the 5K course in a time of 23:14.17 to lead the Warhawk women. The time was good enough for a 33rd place finish out of 76 athletes. Raquel Anecito also placed in the top-50, running a 25:00.84 to finish in 48th.

"The exciting part about the girls is everybody ran, and we were able to score," Gross said. "We ran against a strong girls field."

Areial Woods (28:39.82, 68th), Stephanie Torrence (30:02.44, 71st) and Jordan Holley (31:05.20, 73rd) were the other AUM runners. Both Woods and Torrence had significantly faster times in their second meet of the season.

Spelman College runner Heather Smith edged out teammate Kamila Nemcova for the top individual time, finishing the course in 19:50.68.

Darton State and SCAD-Atlanta both finished with 66 points, but Darton State took first place after its five runners finished the course one second faster (1:47.09 vs. 1:47.10) than SCAD-Atlanta. AUM finished with 258 points.

The cross country teams return to action next Saturday at the Choctaw Open. The meet, hosted by Mississippi College, begins at 8:30 a.m.