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Cross country starts strong in first race

The Salem College cross country team started the season by defeating last year's Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Champions, Piedmont College, at the USC-Upstate Eye Opener 5K. Salem and Piedmont were the only 2 NCAA DIII teams in the meet. Natali Olveda (Salinas, CA) finished 1st for the Spirits and 86th overall out of 195 in a time of 22:38.60.

August 31, 2012

xcupstateSpartanburg, SC-The Salem College cross country team started the season by defeating last year's Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Champions, Piedmont College, at the USC-Upstate Eye Opener 5K. Salem and Piedmont were the only 2 NCAA DIII teams in the meet. Natali Olveda (Salinas, CA) finished 1st for the Spirits and 86th overall out of 195 in a time of 22:38.60.

The top 4 runners in the meet were all NCAA DI runners. Cristi Magracia (Lemon Grove, CA) finished in 2nd for the Spirits and 94th overall in 22:57.51. Bethany Eaton came in next for Salem in 120th place in a time of 24:11.03. Running in their first collegiate meets, Hannah Helms (King, NC) and Elizabeth Penley (Newport, NC) rounded out the top 5 for the Spirits.

Sinead Haughey from Furman was the overall winner of the meet in 18:42.16. Davidson was the overall team winner, and the Spirits finished 18th out of 23 teams overall.

The Spirits return next week at the Catawba Meet on September 7th at 5:00.

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