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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton cross country set to hold 'family' meet today; ASU volleyball loses 2012 opener

ALBANY — Today, Darton State College will kick off its annual Darton Cross Country Invitational, but this year it could just as easily be called the Skiles family reunion.

Lady Cavs freshman Alexis Skiles will race against Georgia Southwestern State University, whose women’s team is now coached by her sister and Darton alumna Brittney Skiles. Their brother, Darton alumnus Brandon Skiles, will compete in the men’s race as a senior member of the Columbus State University squad.

And head Darton College cross country coach Bruce Skiles, father of the trio, will be running the show as race director.

“It’s pretty neat,” Bruce said. “It would be tough for me to lose, wouldn’t it?”

The event is free and open to the public. The men’s 8K race begins at 8 a.m., followed by the women’s 5K at 9 a.m.


ASU VOLLEYBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER:

VALDOSTA — The Albany State volleyball team started its season with two losses Friday in the opening day of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Azalea Classic.

The Lady Rams lost to Lander, 3-2, in the first match of the day, and then lost to Florida Tech, 3-1.

In ASU’s opener, Ashley Johnson had 30 kills and 24 digs, Adrienne Morris led the Lady Rams with 32 digs, Sharme Ridley added 20 kills and Jennifer Johnson had 59 assists.

In the Lady Rams’ loss to Florida Tech, Ashley Johnson had 14 kills, Jennifer Johnson had 32 assists and Morris led with 20 digs.

ASU will finish the tourney with matches today against Converse College and Coastal Georgia.