Jaguars Race Royals Challenge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the third time this year, senior Jaiden Brandt paced the Jaguar men's team, leading them to a third-place finish, while the GRU Augusta women earned 10th at the Royals Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte, N.C., at McAlpine Park.

Brandt took third overall out of the 228-man field in 25:05.4, while freshman Nick Del Guercio took 18th in 22:59.6 and senior Shane Huckeba 24th in 26:11.3 to round out the top 25 for GRU. The Jaguar men took third overall in the 28-team field. King, Mars Hill, GRU Augusta, UNC Pembroke, and Shorter were the top-five finishing schools for the men in that order.

In the women's 6K with 35 schools, freshman Leah Rife paced GRU Augusta in 18:46.1 for 38th. Freshmen Jordan Humphrey and (19:07.7) and Rachel Garabedian (19:18.7) took 55th and 68th and junior Jessica Carpenter notched 88th in 19:37.7. The Jags notched 10 th as a team, with the top-five schools finishing in the following order: South Carolina, Wingte, Duke, SCAD, and UNC Pembroke. The Complete list of results is below.


Women's 6K

Place Yr. Name Time

38. Fr. Leah Rife 18:46.1

55. Fr. Jordan Humphrey 19:07.7

68. Fr. Rachel Garabedian 19:18.7

88. Jr. Jessica Carpenter 19:37.7

130. Fr. Morgan Ryffe 20:20.7

157. Fr. Whitley Kennedy 20:53.3

158. Fr. Emily Menendez 20:54.3

162. Fr. Olivia Rodriguez 21.03.0

190. Fr. Paige Way 21:45.7

234. Fr. Tia Ponsell 23:04.8

278. Fr. Rayne Cartwright 25:35.6


Men's 8K

Place Yr. Name Time

3. Sr. Jaiden Brandt 25:05.4

18. Fr. Nick Del Guercio 22:59.6

24. Sr. Shane Huckeba 26:11.3

33. Sr. Matt Johnson 26:29.2

50. So. Preston Jones 25:57.9

68. Sr. Adam Aldridge 27:35.6

71. Jr. Bryce Conway 27:46.2

99. Fr. Jesse Campbell 28:18.3

190. Fr. Paige Way 21:45.7

234. Fr. Tia Ponsell 23:04.8

278. Fr. Rayne Cartwright 25:35.6


The Jags compete in the Peach Belt Conference Championships at the Southland Academy Course in Americus, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 26.


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