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Jags share title in cross country

In Americus, Ga., Jaiden Brandt led the way as the Georgia Regents men’s cross country team finished in a tie for first place in the Peach Belt Conference Championships on Saturday at Georgia Southwestern.

The Jaguars and Columbus State both had 47 points in the 10-team event, which was an 8K.

In the women’s division, Georgia Regents was sixth and USC Aiken 11th.

There were 12 teams in the women’s division.

In the men’s event, Brandt ran a 24:39.99, finishing second to Flagler’s Corey Mundy (24:29.75).

Georgia Regents’ other top 20 finishers were Dustin Ross (25:04.39 for fifth overall), Preston Jones (25:40.88) for 10th, Shane Huckeba (25:41.95 for 12th) and Matt Johnson (26:05.24) was 18th.

In the women’s meet, USC Aiken’s Keely Gillespie finished 10th in her final conference championship with a 22:21.59

Two freshman led Georgia Regents: Leah Rife (22:37.39) was 14th and Jordan Humphrey (22:30.34) was 15th.

Flagler’s Sara Mund was the overall winner at 21:35.23.

• In Florence, S.C., USC Aiken split a pair of volleyball matches, losing its Peach Belt Conference matchup to Francis Marion 3-1, then beating nonconference St. Augustine’s 3-0.

In the Francis Marion match, the Patriots won 25-22, 25-23, 25-27 and 25-15. Aly Johnson and Ashley Diedrich had nine kills each and Amanda Bologna had 16 assists for the Pacers, 7-5 in the Peach Belt Confernce.

Against St. Augustine’s, USC Aiken won 25-11, 25-18 and 25-20. Ashley Lind had seven kills and Bologna had 18 assists for the Pacers, now 15-8 overall.

• At Christenberry Fieldhouse, the Georgia Regents volleyball team split a pair of matches, losing a Peach Belt Conference match 3-0 to No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic State and then beating Converse 3-0.

Unbeaten Armstrong Atlantic State won the games 25-19, 25-13 and 25-13. Kristen Koch had 11 kills and Chandler Mass had 21 assists for the Jaguars.

In the second match, Georgia Regents beat Converse 26-24, 25-13 and 25-13. Koch and Jenna Keeler had 10 kills each and Mass had 31 assists.

The Jaguars are now 7-19, 1-12 Peach Belt Conference.

• In Aiken, Hannah Allison scored two late goals to force overtime and USC Aiken and Clayton State ended up playing to a double overtime 3-3 draw in the a Peach Belt Conference match.

With Clayton State up 3-1, Allison scored at the 76:20 mark and then again at 79:07 to set up overtime.

USC Aiken’s other goal was by Kim Beyer at 44:52 of the first half.

Melissa Westphal had seven saves for the Pacers (8-7-1, 3-5-2 Peach Belt).

• In Aiken, Alhagi Toure scored both goals as Clayton State beat the USC Aiken men 2-0 in soccer.

Clayton State (10-3-3) outshot USC Aiken (3-10-2, 0-6-1) by a 10-6 count.


Morgan is held out of exhibition

Alex Morgan is sidelined with an ankle injury and will miss the U.S. national team match against New Zealand today in San Francisco.

The third-leading scorer for the USA team sustained a minor ankle injury this week during training. She’ll be held out of the exhibition at Candlestick Park.

Morgan has six goals and four assists in 11 matches this year.

In August, Morgan was sidelined with a sprained knee before helping the Portland Thorns FC win the National Women’s Soccer League title.


Ex-slalom champ will retire today

Former World Cup slalom champion and two-time Olympic bronze medalist Rainer Schoenfelder of Austria is retiring.

The 36-year-old Schoenfelder will have one last show run before today’s men’s giant slalom on Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria, to bid farewell to his fans, the international ski federation says.

Schoenfelder won five slaloms and earned the season-long World Cup title in 2004. He won silver in slalom and the team event at the 2005 world championships in Bormio and placed third in both slalom and combination at the 2006 Turin Games.

Since 2008, Schoenfelder’s career has been marred by injuries.

Lara Gut of Switzerland sent a message to her rivals less than four months before the Sochi Olympics.

She captured a season-opening World Cup giant slalom for her fourth career victory but first in the discipline. She is the first Swiss woman to win a giant slalom since Sonja Nef in 2003.

Kathrin Zettel of Austria was second and Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg was third.

Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S., who won the slalom title last season, was sixth for her best World Cup result in the discipline.

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