Cross Country

Mercer Wins Women's 5k at Chick-fil-A Invitational

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba freshman Hannah Mercer paced the women's field in winning the 5k race at the Catawba Chick-fil-A Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning at Salisbury Community Park.  Lenoir-Rhyne's Jacob Black won the men's 8k.  Louisburg took team honors on the men's side, while Lenoir-Rhyne claimed the women's title.  Both Catawba teams were third.

Mercer's time of 19:39 is the 11th best time in school history in a women's 5k.  She finished 31 seconds ahead of second place finisher Audra Yarber, of Lenoir-Rhyne.  The Bears placed four runners in the top 20 and scored 63 points to edge runner-up Pfeiffer by five points.  Catawba finished with 92 points.

Black earned a six-second win over Louisburg's Jack Mastandrea in the men's 8k.  He posted a time of 26:45.  Louisburg dominated the men's race, putting four runners in the top five and scored 21 points.  Lenoir-Rhyne was second with 48 points.  Catawba had 76 points and were led by freshman Michal Swepson, who was eighth in a time of 27:47. 

Catawba will run next on Saturday, September 17 at the Winthrop adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C.

Men
1. Louisburg 21, 2. Lenoir-Rhyne 48, 3. CATAWBA 76, 4. Pfeiffer 119, 5t. Guilford 155, 5t. Barton 155, 7. Bluefield St. 206, 8. Winston-Salem St. 206, 9. Livingstone 232, 10. Bluefield 245.

Catawba Individuals
 8. Michal Swepson, 27:47
11. Sean McMahon, 28:03
16. Curtis Carmack, 29:15
20. Korby Chappell, 30:07
21. Drew Lake, 30:18
30. Ian Buff, 31:56

Women
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 63, 2. Pfeiffer 68, 3. CATAWBA 92, 4. Louisburg 101, 5. Winston-Salem St. 113, 6. Barton 116, 7. Guilford 187, 8. Livingstone 232, 9. Bluefield St. 224, 10. Salem 265, 11. Bluefield 272.

Catawba Individuals
1. Hannah Mercer, 19:39
13. Nikki Elminowski, 21:36
15. Patience Hunt, 21:44
27. Jordan Hunt, 22:56
36. Morgan Grubb, 23:47
40. Lexie Petty, 24:32

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