The Sandhills Community College men's cross country team finished in second place, and the women came in third, on Saturday at the Hagan Stone Classic held at Hagan Stone Park near Greensboro.
Less than three seconds separated Union Pines High School graduate Daniel Taylor from taking first place for the Flyers for the second meet in a row. Next for Coach Jef Moody's squad were a trio of former South View High School runners in Daniel Hagen, Jordan Anneheim and Chance Goodman in the sixth through eighth positions. Also making up the Flyers' team score of 35 was Andrew Bowen in 13th place.
Karen Munoz led the Lady Flyers with a seventh place finish. Teammates Enya Dewars, 12th, Sofie Flores, 15th, Sara Lindell, 16th and Izzabella McNeil, 19th, were the other four runners figuring in the team score.
All of the runners from NCAA Division I, II and III, and junior college teams, ran together. The Flyer men and women were placed in the NCAA Division III groups of five teams to determine team and individual places.
All but one of the Flyer men, and three of the Flyer ladies, recorded their best times of the season.
This week in practice Moody intends put an emphasis on the five points in the team score that separated the men from Southern Virginia and the cross country program's first team trophy.
"I'm hoping that makes them hungry," the coach said. "That's what we're here for, to win championships. The goal is to get at least five runners under 28 minutes. Right now we have six under 30. They really raced well today. Now the hard work starts."
Goodman credited teamwork with helping him attain his PR for an 8K race.
"I started falling back and my teammates Daniel (Hagen) and Jordan helped me push through," he said. "I couldn't have done it without them. It was amazing. I loved it."
Some members of the team will participate in the SCC Flyers Fun Rock and Run as a part of the college's homecoming celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Region X championship will be held at Spartanburg Methodist in South Carolina on October 20.
Men's 8K Team Results – Southern Virginia 30, Sandhills 35, Guilford 63, Ferrum 117, Averett NS; Individuals – 1. Michael Myers (So. Virg.) 26:55.95; Sandhills Results – 2. Daniel Taylor 26:58.19, 6. Daniel Hagen 28:46.15, 7. Jordan Anneheim 28:49.37, 8. Chance Goodman 28:50.88, 13. Andrew Bowen 29:32.49, 16. Jaime Torres 29:59.11, 19. Temaris Hailey 30:17.48, 22. Isaiah McGilvary 30:29.11, 22. John Grimm 30:40.41, 35. Ivan Bejume 36:49.86, 38. Ryan Baer 39:20.40, 41. Patrick Cole 44:21.34.
Women's 5K Team Results – Northern Virginia 36, Southern Virginia 44, Sandhills 69, Gulford 74, Ferrum 122; Individuals – 1. Morgan Bingham (So. Virg.) 19:20.60; Sandhills Results – 7. Karen Munoz 22:26.99, 12. Enya Dewars 23:31.73, 15. Sofie Flores 24:04.17, 16. Sara Lindell 24:32.37, 19. Izzabella McNeil 25:12.97, 30. Claudette Smith 33:35.85, 31. Caitlin Blue 33:37.22.