Bobcat Women Take Second at ASU Invite

Bobcat Women Take Second at ASU Invite

TEMPE, Ariz. – Running after the longest road trip of the 2010 season, the Georgia College women's cross country team got three top-20 finishes to take second at the ASU Invitational, hosted by Arizona State University.

Freshman Allison Lones (Kathleen, Ga.) led the Bobcats for the second-straight race, blistering the 5K course in 20:45 for 10th place.

Lones was flanked by a pair of juniors posting season-low times. Karissa Ekstrom (Alpharetta, Ga.) took 13th just three seconds after Lones, while Sarah Balkcom (Fayetteville, Ga.) added an 18th place finish in 21:04.

Freshman Andrea Byrnes (Snellville, Ga.) took 24th in 21:41, while senior Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.) finished 24th among the 47 runners in 21:44.

The Bobcats had 52 team points, beaten only by host Arizona State's 15. The Bobcats beat a pair of Division II teams in Grand Canyon University and Western New Mexico University. Running individually, the University of Arizona's Erin Menefee won the race in 17:26.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Young Harris Invitational.

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