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Cross Country: Men 13th, Women 16th at Mercer

MACON, Ga.  -- Young Harris College's men's and women's cross country teams finished 13th and 16th in their respective races at the Mercer Run Fit Sports Invitational in Macon Saturday.

Paker Childree and Zach Tyler each finished among the top 50 runners in the 8,000 meter men's race for Young Harris.  Childree was 41st, finishing in a time of 29:08, while Tyler finished nine seconds and five places behind Childree.

Other results for YHC's men's team came from Tyler Gunnin (98th, 31:09), Hunter Fuhr (115th, 32:51), Chase Alford (130th, 34:22) and Darian Quigg (141st, 36:33).

Columbus State junior Meshack Koyiaki won in a time of 24:57.

Kennesaw State, a member of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, won the team championship, followed by Columbus State (NCAA Division II), host Mercer (Division I), West Georgia (Division II) and Florida Southern (Division II).

Young Harris' women were paced by Ellie Parton, who finished 43rd overall.  Rebecca Westbrooks (81st), Grier Fricks (90th) and Katie Barnes (96th) also finished in the top 100 for the Mountain Lions.  Other YHC runners to cross the finish line included Heather Richbourg (109th), Maryanne Schramke (118th), Carolyn Hoffman (125th), Hayle Layne (132nd) and Allana Guffin (138th).

Mackenzie Howe of Kennesaw State won the 5,000 meter race.

A malfunction in the timing system caused incorrect times to be reported in the women's race.

Howe and the Owls won the team event, and were joined in the top five by Florida Southern, West Georgia, Montevallo (Division II) and Georgia College and State University (Division II).

The Mountain Lions are scheduled to return to action Oct. 3 in the Great American Cross Country Invitational in Cary, N.C.

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