Oct. 9, 2010
GREENVILLE, S.C. --- Thanks to three top-10 finishes, the Georgia women cruised to a victory at the Gene Mullin Furman Cross Country Invitational in Greenville, S.C., on Saturday morning.
Freshman Stella Christoforou finished fourth overall with a 5k time of 18:34 as the Lady Bulldogs scored 32 points to top Furman (56).
"This was a great experience for the crew who traveled and I thought overall we had a pretty positive race," said Bulldog coach Jeff Pigg. "I want to give our younger crew as many opportunities as possible and I think this one will benefit us."
Senior Kylie Foley, making her 2010 debut after earning All-Region honors in 2009, finished fifth overall after crossing the finish line in 18:38. Freshman Sarah Hope made her debut as a Georgia scorer after taking seventh overall (18:52).
Christoforou led Georgia for the first time in her career and scored for the first time for the Lady Bulldogs.
"Stella is getting better and better each week and is doing a great job for someone that is primarily a half-miler," Pigg said. "I also though Kylie made big strides in this one and should be up with our top crew soon."
Six Georgia runners who have accounted for all but three of the top-five finishes during the Lady Bulldogs' first three meets did not make the trip as they continue to train for next week's NCAA Pre-Nationals. Pigg is hoping the younger crew who traveled to Greenville picked up valuable experience on Saturday."
"It was great to have Sarah, Abbie and Shelby up there in that top five," said Pigg. "This should continue to build their confidence going into the postseason."
Also of note, several Georgia runners competed unattached and had notable finishes. Sophomore Bill Matthews, who is redshirting for the Bulldogs, won the men's 8k with a time of 25:23.
On the women's side, sophomore Allyson McGinty, another UGA runner who is redshirting, was the overall runner-up after clocking an 18:30.
Georgia returns to action on Oct. 16 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.
Full results and a recap from the Furman Invitational are also located at georgiadogs.com.