TFC Finishes 6th at South Wesleyan
The Toccoa Falls College Men’s Cross-Country Team was sixth at the Southern Wesleyan Warrior 8K Invitational in Central, South Carolina, on Saturday morning, September 28th, 2013; they ran their fastest race of the season thus far. The field was strong with five NCCAA Division 1 schools. The Eagles’ average team time was 37:24 for the 5 mile course. Southeastern was first with 29 points and an average team time of 28:04. Bob Jones was second with 75 points and an average team time of 28:56. Southern Wesleyan was third with 76 points and an average team time of 29:08. Auburn University at Montgomery (4th), Columbia International (5th), and Toccoa Falls (6th) rounded out the field.
Aaron Iles of Bob Jones set the 8000 meter course record in a time of 27:12; he finished first among 53 runners. TFC’s Evan Garrett finished 41th in a time of 34:56, improving his best run this season by over two minutes. Mitchell Thompson (43rd) finished in 35:15, Alex Runyans (44th) paced him in 35:16, Ian Caudill (50th) in 40:13, and Dwayne Miller (52nd) rounded out TFC’s field of qualifiers in 41:24.
The next men’s cross-country meet is 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, October 12, at Toccoa Falls College; other teams participating are Bob Jones University, Colombia International University, Johnson University, Southern Wesleyan University, Truett-McConnell College, and Warren Wilson College.
Eagles Place 6th at Truett-McConnell
The men’s cross country team was one of 8 schools to participate at the Truett-McConnell Invitational on September 20. The Eagles placed 6th at the event with a team average of 41:02 in the 8k race.
Evan Garrett led TFC and placed 32nd out of 64 runners with a time of 39:35. Mitchell Thompson finished right behind Garrett in 33rd position (40:32). Also placing for TFC was Alex Runyans (41:36), Ian Caudill (43:58), and Andrew Collins (44:22). Runyans, Caudill, and Collins finished 36th, 40th, and 43rd positions, respectively. Dwayne Miller also participated for the Eagles and completed the course in 47th with a time of 50:38.
The men’s and women’s teams will both participate at the Southern Wesleyan Invitational in Central, South Carolina, on September 28. On October 5, TFC will participate at the local Currahee Mountain event at 7:45 AM.
TFC Finishes Third at North Georgia Tech
The men’s cross country team placed third out of five teams in the men’s 8000 meter run. TFC’s runners competed against runners from Reinhardt University, Georgia Military College, North Georgia Tech, and LaGrange College.The Eagles finished with a team time of 42:28, nearly ten minutes behind the winners from Reinhardt University. TFC’s Evan Garrett finished 17th out of 28 with a time of 37:08. Andrew Collins followed in 21st place (39:55). Ian Caudill (23rd), Dwayne Miller (27th), and Jeremiah Klinect (28th) rounded out the field of qualifiers.
The harriers from TFC will next run at Truett-McConnell on September 20.
Pigott to Lead Cross County Program
The Toccoa Falls College athletic department is pleased to announce Ben Pigott as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Coach Pigott will replace Dale Garside who resigned last week in order to focus on his classes as a TFC professor.
Pigott is a native of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Parsippany Christian School in New Jersey. Though Pigott did not run competitively until he enrolled as a student at TFC, he was a soccer and basketball letterman in high school. As a TFC harrier, Pigott recorded a personal best time of 28:40 in the 8k race and was the Eagles top runner his junior and senior seasons.
“I would like to see TFC cross country become a stable program that brings in committed recruits every year,” said Coach Pigott as he shared his vision for the TFC cross country program. “I would also like TFC cross country to maintain its focus on bringing glory to God and acting as a family of Christian athletes.”
Athletic Director Jason Mehl expressed his confidence in Coach Pigott and said, “Ben was a great runner for us for four years. He knows what it takes to be prepared for each race and improve over the course of a season and a career. Our runners are already responding well to his leadership and I’m excited to see how they develop this year.”
Coach Pigott has exhausted his eligibility as a student-athlete and will graduate in December with a degree in philosophy. In his spare time, Coach Pigott enjoys watching and playing basketball as well as playing the drums. Coach Pigott attends First Alliance Church in Toccoa.
Eagles Fly to Second Place
The Toccoa Falls College cross country team competed in the Kentucky Christian University Invitational in Grayson, Kentucky, on October 26. The event at KCU had 7 teams and 35 total runners. Five runners competed for TFC, and the Eagles finished second in the 8K event.
Samuel Burnett was the Eagles’ top finisher. Burnett finished fourth overall with a time of 28:06. Finishing with a time of 29:20, Jordy Lang finished 11th. Jeremiah McDuffie finished third for the Eagles and 13th overall in 29:40. Evan Garrett (30th) and Andrew Schmidt (31st) ran together and finished in 34:05 and 34:07, respectively. TFC’s team time of 2:35:18 earned them second place behind Asbury University. Without two of their top runners, the Eagles impressive team time enabled them to defeat runners from Pikeville College, Alice Lloyd College, Cincinnati Christian, Kentucky Christian, and Johnson University. This is the first time in the 9 year history of the program that all runners on both teams received a trophy.
TFC cross country will compete in the NCCAA national tournament in Cedarville, Ohio, on November 10.
TFC Hosts TFC Eagles Invitational
The men’s and women’s cross country teams at TFC hosted the annual TFC Eagle Invitational on October 12. The event was coupled with homecoming weekend, and was an exciting event for the participants. The uneven terrain and hills, the excitement of homecoming weekend, and the finish line at The Falls made the course a truly unique experience.
The TFC Eagle Invitational sponsored a men’s 8K race. Lke the women’s 5K, the 8K was also won by a runner from Southern Wesleyan. Josh Thatcher (28:46) won the men’s side for SWU. TFC placed third out of four in the men’s competition. Leading the way for the Eagles was Samuel Burnett in 29:41. Burnett finished fourth overall out of 37 runners. TFC’s second finisher was Jordy Lang. Lang finished 11th overall with a time of 31:46. 13th overall was TFC’s Jeremiah McDuffie in 32:48. Jimmy Ratliff recorded a time of 33:26, good enough for 15th overall. Joshua Spangler (37:11), Evan Garrett (37:26), and Andrew Schmidt (37:26) finished together and claimed 23rd, 24th, and 25th places. Coach Garside said, “The team did well and ran close to Maryville despite the loss of their number one runner, Ben Pigott, due to an injury.”
Both cross country teams will participate at Kentucky Christian University Invitational on Friday, October 26.
TFC Competes at SWU Invitational
TFC’s cross country teams participated in the Southern Wesleyan University Invitational on September 29. The men’s cross country team finished fifth in an impressive showing.
The event pitted TFC against several scholarship schools, and the Eagles finished the 8 team event in fifth place. The Eagles’ average time for the 8 kilometer race was 30:54. Ben Pigott’s time of 28:39 led the Eagles, and he finished 11th out of 65 runners. Sam Burnett finished 25th overall with a time of 29:40. Finishing 36th for the Eagles was Jordy Lang with a time of 30:35. Jeremiah McDuffie was the Eagles fourth finisher (32:27), followed by Jimmy Ratliff (33:09), Andrew Schmidt (35:18), and Joshua Spangler (37:40).
The TFC Eagle Invitational will be held on homecoming weekend, October 12 at 4:30 pm. The annual race is the next event for both the men and women’s cross country teams.
Cross Country Men Win, Women earn 2nd
TFC Cross Country Face Tough Competition, Gains Valuable Experience
The men’s and women’s cross country teams at TFC participated in the Eye Opener, hosted by University of South Carolina-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC. As the only non-scholarship team participating in the event, the Eagles faced a tough test from the beginning. Host USC-Upstate and most of the other participating teams are members of NCAA Division I. Despite the intense humidity and tough competition, the Eagles did have a few highlights on the day.
In the men’s 8k, the Eagles were able to place ahead of three scholarships schools for a finish of 22nd. Ben Pigott finished 104 out of 203 in the men’s 8k with a time of 30:39. Jordan Lang also had a respectable time, finishing 133 with a time of 31:57. Following Lang was Samuel Burnett (32:11), Jeremiah McDuffie (34:01), and Jimmy Ratliff (34:17).
To lead the Eagles on the women’s side was sophomore Clessie Kendrick. Kendrick finished 97 out of 195 runners. Her 5k time was 23:02. Alisha Carson (26:16), Christine Wells (27:29), Rebekah Stillwell (28:12) and Jodi Braselton (28:16) also counted for the Eagles.
Coach Dale Garside said, “Our strong core of veterans along with two competitive newcomers show great promise for upcoming races in our conference.” The Eagles will travel to Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee, this weekend for the Johnson University Invitational.