February 27, 2012

Mercer Cross Country Teams Produce Solid Results At Savannah State Meet

SAVANNAH, GA—Kacie Niemann and Jacob Law highlighted a strong afternoon for the Mercer cross country teams, as the duo took home a pair of first-place finishes in the men's and women's 5,000 meter races on Saturday afternoon at the Savannah State Eye-Opener hosted by Savannah State University.


Niemann took the top spot with a time of 17:48.72, which was 49 seconds clear of UNC Pembroke's Carri Blankenship in second position, while Law posted a time of 15:27.16 and was one of seven Bears to produce a top-eight finish on in the men's 5,000-meter run. Niemann's time was also a school record.


Kasie Knapp and Kylen Hughes ran strong in the women's steeplechase, finishing with times of 12:37.33 and 13:33.33, respectively.


Joining Niemann in the women's 5,000-meter run for the Bears were Christina Kivi, Iliana Garcia and Caley Cranford. Kivi posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 19:18.62, while Garcia finished eighth with a time of 20:17.58. Cranford posted an 11th-place finish with a time of 21:48.79.


Austin Pfeifer posted a 10th-place finish in the men's 1,500-meter run, finishing with a time of 4:23.05. Joel Aguilar finished the 1,500-meter run in 17th, clocking a time of 4:38.62.   


The Mercer cross country teams will return to action on Mar. 23-24, taking part in the Georgia Relays, with the men's team taking part in the 10,000-meters, while the women will compete in the 1,500-meter relay.