The Charlotte 49ers men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to McAlpine Park to compete in the Royals Challenge hosted by Queens University of Charlotte. Competing alongside the 49ers were other Division I programs including Duke, Liberty, UNC Greensboro, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, South Carolina and Western Carolina. Two races took place: a 5K for the women and an 8K for the men.

Although the women’s team didn’t arrive with the required number of runners to qualify for a team score, they managed to run five members in order to prepare for the highly anticipated NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. next week.

Sophomore Tiffany Lang reigned for the 49ers with a 21st overall finish and was joined in the face by senior Nicole Morgan, sophomore Lauren Pollard and juniors Tianna McHenry and Chelsea Matson.

Meanwhile, the men’s team walked away with a third place finish on the afternoon. Looking strong early on in the meet, the 49ers trailed the fourth-ranked Duke squad that finished the race in second place.

Notable finishes for the 49ers include junior Zach Greth who picked up a fifth place finish overall and redshirt senior Ross Roberson, who finished in eighth place overall.  The pair received awards for achieving top 10 finishes and have maintained success at McAlpine Park over the past year.

Both runners finished in the top 15 two weeks ago at the Charlotte Invitational, while Greth recorded his career best in the 8K clocking in at 25:18.3.

The Charlotte men’s and women’s teams will head to Terre Haute, Ind. next week to compete in the NCAA Pre-Nationals.  The meet will take place on Oct. 19, and will act as a tune up for the Conference USA Championship in Denton, Texas coming up in November.

Chris Crews is a former photo editor (2012-2013) of the Niner Times and current Technical Director for Student Niner Media. He is senior, sociology major. He enjoys photography, covering more sporting events on campus than he can possibly remember.