Jaguar runners make nationals
In Charlotte, N.C., the Georgia Regents’ men’s cross country team edged Mars Hill for third place in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship on Saturday to earn a spot in the NCAA National Tournament.
The top three teams advanced to the national event, which will be run Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash.
The Jaguars’ Jordan Brandt finished second in the 8K race with a time of 31:09.0. Dustin Ross placed 12th in 32:01.1 and Preston Jones took 17th in 32:16.2.
Nick Del Guercio was 30th in 32:51.2, Shane Huckeba took 45th in 33:36.7, Matt Johnson was 52nd in 33:39.1 and Adam Aldridge was 131st in 36:24.6.
• In Charlotte, N.C., USC Aiken’s Keely Gillespie closed out her cross country career by finishing 20th in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship and earning all-region honors. Her time for the 6K race was 23:05.1.
USC Aiken finished 25th in the 31-team event.
Georgia Regents, behind Jordan Humphrey, was 15th. Humphrey finished 43rd with a time of 23:40.7. Jessica Carpenter took 51st in 24:00.4.
• In Aiken, Mount Olive hit a dozen 3-point goals, including a key one late in the game, as the Trojans upset the 20th-ranked USC Aiken women’s basketball team 54-53 in the Holley Tractor/Crescent Automotive Conference Challenge.
Joneiqua Gary hit her seventh 3-pointer of the game with 1:19 left to put the Trojans up 54-53, ending the scoring for the night. She finished with 22 points.
Mackenzie Reese had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed by 16 points in the second half.
USC Aiken, which won its opener by a point over Anderson, is now 1-1.
• In Columbus, Ga., Columbus State rallied for a 3-2 Peach Belt Conference volleyball victory over USC Aiken.
The Pacers won the first two games, 25-22 and 25-23, but the Cougars came back to win the final three, 25-18, 25-23 and 15-10.
Endea Ellison had 13 kills and Amanda Bologna had 23 assists for USC Aiken (17-10, 9-7).
• At Christenberry Fieldhouse, the Georgia Regents volleyball team dropped a Peach Belt Conference match to Francis Marion, 3-0.
The Patriots won the games 25-14, 25-18 and 25-16.
Jenna Keeler had nine kills and McKenna Heath had 18 assists for the Jaguars (7-24, 1-16).
Cavaliers make state title game
In Atlanta, Nolan Brandon scored six touchdowns to lead Augusta Prep past Crown 56-7 in the Glory of Christ League semifinals at St. Pius X High School on Saturday.
Brandon, a senior running back, now has 27 touchdowns this season after scoring on runs of 4, 2, 12, 10, 18 and 35 yards. He had 170 yards on 25 carries, giving him 1,543 yards this season.
Kevin Huggins scored on runs of 2 and 45 yards and also kicked eight PATs.
The Cavaliers will play for the state title against Johnson Ferry at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Pius X.
Torch displayed in outer space
An Olympic torch took a spacewalk for the first time Saturday, carefully held by two Russian cosmonauts outside the International Space Station as it orbited some 260 miles above Earth.
The torch was launched into space from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning.
It will return to Earth with a three-man crew on Monday.