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GREENSBORO – Senior North Carolina A&T runner G’Jasmyne Butler did not lose her touch in her four weeks away from competition. Butler ran the 5k course at Hagan Stone Park in 19:23.5 to win the 2019 Greensboro Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. It was the second straight season she took first place at Greensboro Cross Country Invitational and the third time she has won the race in her career.

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An Aggie also won on the men’s side as sophomore Regan Kimtai finished the 8k course in 25:13.4. It was an 8k personal-best for Kimtai.

 

There were only two Division I programs competing in both women’s and men’s races. On the women’s side N.C. Central’s five runners had a combined time of one hour, 55 minutes and 22 seconds for an average time of 23:04. The Aggies had a total time of 2:09:35 for an average of 25:55 to finish behind the Eagles.

 

N.C. A&T’s men had a combined time of 2:13:28 for an average of 26:41. The Eagle men had a total time of 2:31:54 to finish with a 30:22 average time to finish behind the Aggies.

 

Four Aggie men finished in the top-5 including Kimtai who is the reigning men’s runner of the week in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Kimtai’s average mile was 5:04.4 as he finished nearly 14 seconds ahead of sophomore teammate Morris Kimble. Kimble finished in 26:27.0 with an average mile of 5:19.2. Senior Joel Freeman and Kimble essentially crossed the finish line together as Freeman stopped the clock at 26:27.1, a tenth of a second behind Kimble.

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Freeman also had an average mile of 5:19.2. Mars Hill’s Noah Allison broke up the Aggies top-5 party by finishing fourth ahead of N.C. A&T freshman Jordan Richardson who finished in 27:37.8 and had an average mile of 5:33.5. Senior Mar’Quise McGee placed sixth on Saturday in 27:43.3. His average mile was 5:34.6.

 

The men had another good outing after competing last week at the Adidas Challenge hosted by N.C. State. The women did not compete last week, so they were making their first appearance since Aug. 30 when they ran at the 2019 Elon Opener.

 

Butler didn’t lose a step, however. Her average mile was 6:14.5. Butler finished nearly seven seconds ahead of Mars Hill’s Haley Beaumont. Sophomore Shalah Means was the second Aggie to complete the race. She finished in 20:10.9 and had an average mile of 6:29.7. Sophomore Monzerad Creary finished sixth in 21:01.2 (6:45.9). The other two Aggie ladies to score on Saturday were junior Arianna Purvis (29:41.7) and Racheal Kosgei (39:18.3).

 

The Aggies are back in action next weekend when they compete in the annual Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The women are the defending champions and the men have won five out of the last six HBCU Challenges.