Guilford's Goncarovs Takes Second at UNC Wilmington Invitational

photo by Joe Browning

WILMINGTON, N.C. – East Carolina University's Antonio Palmer edged Guilford College's Andris Goncarovs by less than a second to win the 2012 UNC Wilmington Seahawk Cross Country Invitational Friday. Palmer covered the five-kilometer course on UNCW's recreational fields in 15 minutes, 42.94 seconds, two tenths of a second faster than Goncarovs.

Palmer helped the Pirates win the seven-team race by 22 points over the host Seahawks. Guilford placed third, followed by North Carolina State University's club team and Pfeiffer University.

Goncarovs, in his second Guilford meet after transferring from Buffalo State, turned in the second-fastest five-kilometer time in school history, 15:43.14. The Quakers' record holder, junior Chad Norton, took fourth in the 81-man race in 16:00.72. His former Guilford teammate, junior Dylan Skinner, led UNC Wilmington's runners with a time of 16:04.25. The Quakers' David Cason ran in 18th place with a time of 16:46.38.

Guilford next runs Sept. 28 at the Charlotte XC Invitational.