Chad Norton Shatters Guilford's 5k Record at Adidas Cross Country Challenge
CARY, N.C. – Guilford College sophomores Anne Mogavero and Chad Norton set school cross country records Friday at the Adidas Cross Country Challenge at WakeMed Soccer Park. Host North Carolina State University won both five-kilometer races. The Quakers' men placed fifth and the women took ninth in the team standings.
Norton had the Quakers' top finish in the men's race (15th) in a school-record time of 15 minutes, 24.9 seconds. He had the race's best non-Division I finish and bettered teammate Derick Kosgei's standard of 15:51 set last season. With Kosgei in his native Kenya to attend a family funeral, sophomore David Cason had the Quakers' second-fastest time (16:05.8), which placed 25th in the field. Classmate Dylan Skinner turned in a 16:47.2, which was 38th overall. Each of the three times ranked as personal bests for the three sophomores.
Guilford's men, ranked eighth in the latest United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division III South/Southeast Rankings, scored 140 points to edge Division I Longwood University by one point in the nine-team field. N.C. State had each of the top seven scorers for a perfect 15 points.
Mogavero shaved over 11 seconds off Taylor Stokes' 2010 school standard with a 35th-place time of 20:00.9. She was the third-fastest Division III runner in the 96-woman field. The Quakers' Jasmine O'Neill (22:22.6) and Annie Motta (22:38.6) placed 67th and 68th, respectively. Guilford scored 245 points and finished ninth in the 10-team field.
The Quakers' cross country teams compete in the Charlotte Invitational Sept. 30.