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Former Granger shines in cross-country competition

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitasmedia.com

Former LaGrange High standout Sarah Bearden, now a member of the LaGrange College cross-country team, finished third in the University of West Georgia Invitational. LaGrange College photo

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_9-14-bearden.jpgFormer LaGrange High standout Sarah Bearden, now a member of the LaGrange College cross-country team, finished third in the University of West Georgia Invitational. LaGrange College photo

Haro-Oropeza

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Former LaGrange High standout Sarah Bearden, who is in her first season on the LaGrange College cross-country team, delivered a sterling performance during a competition in Carrollton on Friday.

Competing in the University of West Georgia Invitational, which featured 10 teams, Bearden raced to a third-place finish by finishing the five-kilometer-mile race in a time of 20 minutes, 44 seconds.

Bearden’s high finish helped the Panthers finish fifth, which was an impressive result considering LaGrange College was the only Division III team in the field.

For the men, it was former LaGrange High runner Hiram Haro Oropeza leading the way for the Panthers with a time of 35:06 in the eight-kilometer race.

Bearden spent her first season as a college runner at Georgia State, but she transferred to LaGrange College following the 2014-2015 season.

As a high-school runner, Bearden finished as high as third at the state track and field meet, and she was sixth in the state cross-country meet as a junior.

During Friday’s meet in Carrollton, the other runners for the LaGrange College women’s team were Ashley Wright (25:05), Davida White (25:16), Jessica Morton (27:21) and Laura Hayhurts (29:53).

For the men’s team, following Haro-Oropeza were Bill Singleton (36:10), Chris Smith (36:14) and Tyler Baars (36:41).

VOLLEYBALL: Competing in a quartet of matches in Sewanee, Tenn., the Panthers went 2-2.

On Friday, LaGrange College beat Wesleyan and lost to Fisk.

During Saturday’s matches, LaGrange College beat Huntingdon in a five-set thriller and lost to Sewanee.

Against Huntingdon, LaGrange College won the fifth and deciding set 15-12 after the two teams split the first four sets.

The Panthers rallied from a 9-5 deficit to win the fifth set.

Danyelle Carr and Maggie Ivester had 11 kills apiece for the Panthers, Lexi Hall had 10 kills, Lauren Sanders had 34 assists and 14 digs, and Aspen Coggins had 24 digs.

During Friday’s straight sets win over Wesleyan, Bonny Woods led the Panthers with six kills, Nachelle Roberts had five kills, Sarah Gore had 10 assists, and Coggins had six digs.

SOCCER: The women’s team beat Judson 3-1 on Friday for its first win of the season after three straight losses.

In the first half, Rachel Jenkins had a pair of goals, and Taylor Poole scored once as the Panthers built a 3-1 lead, and neither team scored in the second half.

LaGrange College’s men’s team, which is still looking for its first win, lost a pair of close games in Sewanee, Tenn.

On Saturday, LaGrange College lost to Hampden-Sydney 2-1, with Kristian Javier giving the Panthers their lone goal.

In Sunday’s match, LaGrange College lost another tough one, this time by a 3-2 score to Sewanee.

LaGrange College fought back from a 2-0 deficit to pull even on goals from Javier and Adam Curry, but Sewanee scored late in the match to secure the win.