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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton cross country struggles at nationals; Darton, Andrew women's hoops roll to wins

Moultrie native Heath Lamb was Darton's top finisher at nationals Saturday, placing 68th out of 288 runners.

Moultrie native Heath Lamb was Darton's top finisher at nationals Saturday, placing 68th out of 288 runners.

HOBBS, N.M. -- The Darton College men's and women's cross country teams finished 19th and 26th, respectively, at the NJCAA Division I National Championships on Saturday at the Ocotillo Golf Club in Hobbs, N.M.

Heath Lamb of Moultrie led the men's team, finishing 68th overall (out of 288) in the men's 8,000-meter run with a time of 28:26.

Jeronda Stringfield of Pensacola, Fla., led the Lady Cavaliers, finishing the women's 5,000-meter run in 22:19 to finish 127th out of 268.

"They competed well," Darton head coach Bruce Skiles said. "It was tough out there."

Skiles said the wind blew a steady 30-35 mph with 45 mph gusts during the races.

"There were no breaks, just steady winds," Skiles said. "So you can't really look at times; I'm just looking at how they placed. As a whole I think they did fine."


DARTON WOMEN'S HOOPS CRUSHES CVCC: The Darton College women's basketball team, under first-year head coach Lea Henry, is off to an optimal start after the Lady Cavs demolished Chattahoochee Valley Community College at home Saturday, 87-47.

Darton (3-0) was led by Lauren Johnson's 18 points, followed by double-doubles from Shanteniece Fann (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Jo Jo Smalls (13 points, 10 rebounds). Michelle Mitchell added 15 points.

"We've really played well to start out, so that's made things easy on us," Henry said, "We've scored well in transition and the kids are working really hard. It's been a nice beginning, for sure."

Darton returns to action Friday at Shelton State (Ala.)


ANDREW COLLEGE WOMEN'S HOOPS WINS AGAIN. MOVES TO 6-1: The Andrew College women's basketball team moved to 6-1 -- its best start since the school restarted the program five years ago -- with a 91-48 win against Gordon College on Saturday.

Shamonica Fowler led the Lady Tigers with 14 points, followed by 10 each from Angel Penn and Kody Brusso.

The Lady Tigers will return to action Monday at Southern Union.