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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton finishes second at home cross country invitational; ASU volleyball wins first game of year

Darton cross country coach Bruce Skiles watched his teams finish second in their own invitational Saturday.

Darton cross country coach Bruce Skiles watched his teams finish second in their own invitational Saturday.

ALBANY —The Darton State College Cross Country teams finished second to Columbus State University at the Darton State College Invitaional race Saturday.

Sophomore Cody Mallchok led the Cavalier effort, blazing a 26:23 8K to finish fourth overall. Behind him were freshman Jared Richmond (7th), and sophomores Hank Campbell (9th), Nick Mascardo (10th) and Luis Navarro (15th), respectively.

The men’s team averaged a 27:40 8K and finished with 45 points. Columbus State won with 17 points and averaged 26:04. South Georgia College finished third with 83 points and a 30:11 average time.

Freshman Elena Oslund led the Lady Cavaliers’ 5K, running a 21:29 and finishing 7th overall. Alexis Skiles also finished among the top ten with a time of 21:42. Also scoring for the Lady Cavs were sophomores Hayden Clapper (11th), Jeronda Stringfield (17th) and Vanessa Pina (21st).

The Lady Cavs averaged 22:07 and scored 58 points. CSU scored a perfect 15. Georgia Southwestern State University, now coached by Darton XC alum and 2007 GCAA champion Brittney Skiles, finished third with 91 points and a 23:17 average.

ASU VOLLEYBALL FINISHES 1-3 AT VSU TOURNAMENT: The Lady Rams split a pair of matches Saturday in the final day of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Azalea Classic at Valdosta State.

ASU, which opened its season Friday with back-to-back losses in the tournament, started Saturday with a 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17) victory against Converse. The Lady Rams were then swept by Coastal Georgia, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22.

Against Converse, ASU hitters Sharme Ridley and Ashley Johnson both had 16 kills and hit above .300, while Jennifer Evans finished with a .412 attacking percentage and seven kills. Jennifer Johnson finished with 43 assists with 19 digs.

In the Lady Rams’ match against Coastal Georgia, Ridley had a team-high 12 kills, and Jennifer Johnson dished out 43 assists.

The Lady Rams (1-3) play again Wednesday on the road against Brewton Parker College.

GSW women earn new coach first win

CARROLLTON — The Georgia Southwestern State University’s season opener late Friday provided a wealth of "firsts" in a 2-1 victory against West Georgia.

New GSW coach Samantha Snow picked up her first win — in her first game — at the helm for the Lady Hurricanes, while freshman Mallory Hawkes scored her first collegiate goal and added her first assist. GSW also earned its first win against the Wolves in four tries.

Junior Julia Wells drilled what would prove to be the game-winning goal off an assist from Hawkes.

Amber Bahri stopped four shots for GSW.

The Lady Hurricanes (1-0) look to make it two in a row today when they host Limestone College at 3 p.m.