South Georgia State sweeps 1st Cross Country titles; Dukes and Smith win individuals events

South Georgia State sweeps 1st Cross Country titles; Dukes and Smith win individuals events

MACON - South Georgia State College swept  its 1st Region 17 Cross Country Championships at the Georgia Children's Home in Macon, Saturday as the Hawks Nathan Dukes won the men's 8,000-meter run. Dukes  finished the 8K (5 miles) in 27:42.28.  

South Georgia State College won with 16 points. Central Georgia Technical College took 2nd with 44 points. Gordon State ran but didn't finish with enough runners to score as a team.

In the women's race, Shambria Smith of Central Georgia Technical College won the women's 5K (3.1 miles) in 23:53:11.

South Georgia State College scored 24 points and Georgia Military College finished 2nd with 31 points. Laura Parsley finished 4th overall for the Lady Hawks with a time of 23:55:33.
 

The fortune of the Lady Hawks from South Georgia State to take the title was in fact the misfortune of the Lady Titans. With Smith finishing first, the Lady Titans however were unable to place as a team as their 5th and 6th runners were unable to attend due to family emergencies. Oxford College ran a great race with 4 runners finishing in the top 10 but were unable to score as they were participating as a club team.

Men's 1st Team, All Region 17: Nathan Dukes, Moziah Myers, Bicary Daniels, Bryce Tucker, South Georgia State; Eddie Stafford, Central Georgia Tech

Women's 1st Team, All Region 17: Laura Parsley, Madison Smith-South Georgia State; Shambria Smith, Aleisha Merriweather- Central Georgia Tech; Carrie Kirkwood, Georgia Military