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Cross Country Sweeps Top Honors at GSU Invite

Courtesy: Robert Carnes/Sports Communications
Release: September 08, 2012
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Hampton, Ga. — Both the Georgia State cross country men’s and women’s teams swept the team and individual awards at the 37th annual GSU Invite, Saturday morning.

The Panther women took the top five spots among the 44 female runners in the women’s 4K to earn a perfect score of 15. Katharine Showalter won the individual title in a time of 14:46.36.

Sophomore Austin Boetje captured the men’s individual crown by finishing the 6K course in 19:57.57. The GSU men took a close team victory, 40-42 over Emory.

Beautiful weather and plenty of Georgia State fans were on hand at Nash Farm Battlefield for the lone home meet during the cross country season.

Jennifer Rubel had a strong finish to place second on the women’s side, just ahead of last year’s individual champion Hannah Stefanoff, who took third place. Niamh Kearney and Anna Sinclair placed fourth and fifth respectively to round out the perfect score for the women’s team.

Meanwhile, the men had three of the top five runners as Valentin Poncelet took second place and Carlos Galindo finished fifth.

Former GSU runners Zaven O’Bryant and Chris Harper also participated in the men’s race as unattached runners. The current volunteer assistant coach for the Panthers, O’Bryant was ninth overall, while Harper finished 16th.

Next up for GSU cross country, the Panthers travel north to Nashville, Tenn. where they will take on some of the top ranked teams in the South Region at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University on Sept. 15.

Men’s Individual Results
1. Austin Boetje, 19:57.57
2. Valentin Poncelet, 20:12.98

5. Carlos Galindo, 20:24.75
15. Justin Philip, 21:35.58
27. Trevor Turner, 22:38.04

Men’s Team Scores
1. Georgia State, 40
2. Emory, 42
3. Clayton State, 49
4. SCAD Atlanta, 97

Women’s Individual Results
1. Katharine Showalter, 14:46.36
2. Jennifer Rubel, 15:15.05
3. Hannah Stefanoff, 15:25.17
4. Niamh Kearney, 15:34.69
5. Anna Sinclair, 16:02.84
16. Alison Bishop, 16:30.51
24. Kelsey Spinks, 16:52.72
36. Katie Papesh, 18:29.31

Women’s Team Scores
1. Georgia State, 15
2. Emory, 45
3. Clayton State, 75
4. SCAD Atlanta 115


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