SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Georgia State's cross country team placed third at the USC Upstate Invitational Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Angela Alonso was GSU's top finisher with a 5K time of 18:19.6, good for fifth place overall. Lotte Meyberg finished 10th overall with a time of 18:33.6.

Angela ran a strong race," head coach Chris England said. "She was near the lead the whole way. A third place team finish is motivating. Our team takes pride in finishing ahead of our in-state rivals from Georgia Southern."

While no rivalry points were won Saturday, the meet provided England with a good benchmark of where the Panthers need to be when it comes time for the Sun Belt Championship in late October. 

Appalachian State finished narrowly ahead of the Panthers. The Mountaineers were picked near the top of the conference in the coaches' preseason poll. Georgia Southern came in seventh at the meet.

The Panthers have next weekend off before the team's final regular-season meet on Oct. 13 in Little Rock, Ark.