FORT BENNING, GA – Led by senior Javier Bustos Jaimes and sophomore Alison Filer, the Francis Marion University men's and women's cross country teams placed seventh and eighth respectively at the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Championships, Saturday morning (Oct. 21).
Bustos Jaimes completed the 8,000-meter Fort Benning course in a time of 27:30.1 to place 37th. Senior Devin Nelson finished in 47th position with a time of 28:11.0, while sophomore Ivan Henderson (29:41.8) and junior Carlos Oliver (29:42.8) placed 57th and 58th respectively.
Augusta University captured the men's team title handily, while UNC Pembroke's Silus Kipkoech won the men's race with a time of 24:20.8.
All six of the Patriot women registered personal-best times for 5,000-meters. Filer finished in 38th position with a time of 19:32.8, while senior MacKenzie Arnold placed 44th in 19:45.2.
Other Francis Marion runners were sophomore Emma Driggers (20:29.9) in 57th, senior Taylor Brunson (21:17.7) in 63rd, sophomore Alexis Byers (21:23.8) in 64th, and sophomore Jasmine Watson (28:32.7) in 84th.
The University of North Georgia edged Augusta 42-52 to claim the women's team championship. Katherine Yost of Georgia College won the women's race in a time of 17:18.8.
Both Henderson and Watson were selected to the PBC's All-Sportsmanship Team for 2017.
The FMU squads will next compete in the NCAA Division II Southeast regional Championship Meet, Nov. 4, in Wingate, N.C.