Harriers Place at Georgia Intercollegiate
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Mercer men's and women's cross country teams competed recently at the Georgia Intercollegiate Invitational picking several individual accomplishments from some of the Bears' top runners.
On the women's side, junior Kacie Niemann broke her own Mercer record in the 5K en route to winning the race which featured 33 runners from some of the state's top programs. Niemann recorded a time of 17:23.92, which was nearly five seconds faster than her next competitor and 25 seconds better than her previous personal best and Mercer record.
Niemann paced the lead group from the start, but established herself as the harrier to beat around the one mile mark she made when a strong surge extended her lead to nearly 10 meters. Her lead had increased to 25 meters during the second mile before the chase pack began to string out.
In the third mile, Georgia Tech's Katie Townsend picked up her pace to close in on Niemann and set herself up to try make a move in the final half mile. Townsend would get as close as two meters before Niemann shut the door and finished the race with the fastest lap of the race to win.
The men's cross country team had several individuals perform well at the race also. Junior Andrew Weems placed second in the men's 3,000 meter with a time of 10:00.63 and the Bears' took the ninth through 15th positions in the 5K.
Junior Jacob Law led the Mercer pack in the 5k, finishing in ninth overall position with a time of 15:27.52.
The Bears continue their spring season this Friday at the University of Georgia relays. Mercer will participate on a limited basis in the 10K and 3K steeplechase races.