Champs! Women Claim Willie Laster Invite Title

Champs! Women Claim Willie Laster Invite Title

ALBANY, Ga. - The Georgia Southwestern State University women's cross country team won the seven-team Willie Laster Invitational hosted by Albany State University at the ASU West Campus Saturday morning. Quincy Mayer paced the Lady Hurricanes by finishing the 5K course with the ninth fastest time in program history (20:20) to take third place out of 54 competitors, 0.2 seconds shy of invitational runner up Grace Johnson from Oxford College. 

GSW placed three runners in the top eight to finish with 49 points, ahead of Loyola University New Orleans (70) for the team title. It marks the first time in program history the Lady Hurricanes won a meet that involved four-year institutions. The only other victory came in 2014 when GSW took a triangular against a pair of junior colleges. 

Catherine Hall crossed the finish line second for GSW on Saturday with a time of 20:55, good for fourth place, while Sarah Earley was the third GSW runner across the line, and eighth overall, in 21:56. Maddie Toth finished 17th with a time of 23:32. Connie Lewis edged out teammate Retchiel Roble by 0.6 seconds to take 21st and 22nd place, respectively. Alex Exum finished in 26th at 24:22 and Nathalie Maralunda posted a time of 29:36.

Katie Dorton from Oxford College crossed the finish line first overall with a time of 20:14.

The Lady Hurricanes return to action Friday, Oct. 11, when they travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the FSU Cross Country Invitational hosted by Florida State University.  

Willie Laster Invitational
Albany, Ga.
Sept. 28, 2019

GSW Individual Results
3. Quincy Mayer, 20:20.5
4. Catherine Hall, 20:55.2
8. Sarah Earley, 21:56.0
17. Madaline Toth, 23:32.4
21. Connie Lewis, 24:03.2
22. Retchiel Roble, 24:03.8
26. Alex Exum, 24:22.0
49. Nathalie Maralunda, 29:36.8

Team Results
1. GSW (49 pts)
2. Loyola University New Orleans (70)
3. Oxford College (72)
4. Middle Georgia State University (98)
5. Paine College (118)
6. Georgia Military College (128)
7. Albany State University (138)