The LaGrange cross country teams got their season off to a strong start at the North Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday. The Panther men took second, while the women came in third in the meet against Reinhardt, Georgia Military College, Toccoa Falls and host North Georgia Tech.
Sophomore Chase McCulley led the men with a sixth place finish with a time of 33:39.90. He bested his time and finish from last year. Freshman Brett Piland finished ninth, following McCulley with a time of 34:23.50.
Freshman John Lynch finished 16th with a time of 36:10.78, followed by freshman Bill Singleton (18th, 37:51.95), freshman Matt Merritt (19th, 39:36.24), sophomore Will Scruggs (24th, 44:08.04) and sophomore Jordan Richardson (26th, 47:42.50).