ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The Newberry College men's and women's cross country teams had their best team finishes of the season on Friday at the South Carolina State University Bulldog-Panther Invitational. The men's squad finished in second place and the women's team finished in fourth, as both teams raced on a two-mile course.
The men finshed with 65 points to finish behind Division I Savannah State University, which had 36 points. The scarlet and gray finished ahead of Division I South Carolina State by 10 points.
Brad House (Lexington, S.C.) was the top finisher for Newberry, completing the race in 10:37.45 to finish seventh. Felipe Sobrinho (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) was less than 10 seconds behind House at 10:47.06 to finish ninth. Seth Utley (Irmo, S.C.) finished in 10:54.64 to place 11th.
Reinel Licea (Miami, Fla.) was 16th with an 11:06.61 time and Ty Skinner (Woodruff, S.C.) rounded out the team scoring in 28th at 11:33.29.
The women's squad put up some impressive times on the way to their fourth place finish, led by senior Ashton Sullivan (Aiken, S.C.), who finished in sixth place individually with a 13:48.98 time.
Jennifer Johnson (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) came in 20th with a 14:51.86 time, and Richelle Mirabal (Tampa, Fla.) was 21st with a 14:58.26 finish. Whitney Wiles (Iva, S.C.) was 23rd at 14:59.70. Priscila Sales (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) rounded out the team scoring in 31st at 16:08.41.
The Newberry squads will look to carry the momentum from their solid performances into their next traditional events as they return to the five- and eight-kilometer in two weeks at the USC Upstate Invitational in Spartanburg on Oct. 17.
1. Savannah State University 36
2. Newberry College 65
3. South Carolina State University 75
4. Benedict College 83
5. Voorhees College 109
6. Claflin University 136
7. Allen University 145
8. Paine College 180
7. Brad House 10:37.45
9. Felipe Sobrinho 10:47.06
11. Seth Utley 10:54.64
16. Reinel Licea 11:06.61
28. Ty Skinner 11:33.29
1. Savannah State University 31
2. South Carolina State University 66
3. Paine College 86
4. Newberry College 90
5. Benedict College 94
6. Claflin University 123
6. Ashton Sullivan 13:48.98
20. Jennifer Johnson 14:51.86
21. Richelle Mirabal 14:58.26
23. Whitney Wiles 14:59.70
31. Priscila Sales 16:08.41