Newberry earns runner-up finish at Jaguar Challenge

Newberry earns runner-up finish at Jaguar Challenge
Friday, October 14, 2016 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communciations

EVANS, Ga. – The Newberry men’s cross country team finished second at the Jaguar Cross Country Challenge hosted by Augusta University on Friday afternoon.

The unique four-mile layout served as the final tune-up for next week’s South Atlantic Conference Cross Country Championships. The Wolves earned 53 points, finishing second only to the event hosts, and placed all five scorers inside the meet’s top 15 finishers.

Newberry was paced for the first time this season by junior Charlie Cook, who finished in seventh place with a time of 22:36.91. Quinn Wilson was less than five seconds behind in eighth place, while two Augusta runners outsprinted 11th-place Caleb Bouwkamp to the finish.

Shelton Reynolds was Newberry’s fourth finisher, coming in 12th place 11 seconds behind Bouwkamp. Jorge Hernandez’s 15th-place effort in 23:27.32 provided the fifth and final score for the Wolves. Hernandez finished less than three seconds ahead of teammate Mondricous Hatton and 21 seconds in front of Connor Roudabush, who came in 16th and 17th positions, respectively.

Robbie Stafford, Carlos Hernandez, Taylor Dennard, Mike Richter, Seth Howe, Bruce Edmonds, and Zack Irick also competed for the Wolves but did not contribute to the team totals.

Augusta swept the top four positions en route to the win with an overall score of 19. The Wolves finished 12 points ahead of Georgia Military College, with Paine and Fort Valley State finishing fourth and fifth.

Friday’s meet came eight days before the SAC Championships, hosted by Newberry at Sandhills Research and Education Center in Columbia. The men’s race will cover eight kilometers and begin at 9:00 a.m.