Personal Bests and Top Finishes Highlight Cross Country Action


Willis, Dmitriev Pace VMI at Paul Short
LEHIGH, Pa. - Cabell Willis and Andrey Dmitriev led the VMI men's cross country team Friday, as the squad took part in the Paul Short Run, contested in Lehigh, Pa.

Willis logged an 8K time of 25:33 over the slow, muddy course, and placed 111th overall in the crowded field. He was trailed shortly by Dmitriev's 25:39 and 123rd place result, while the Keydets finished 27th as a team, outpacing such teams as Rider and VCU.

Sean Helmke was VMI #3 runner (156th/25:54), while Will Thompson had a 26:03 clocking to finish 186th. Patrick Spahn (262nd/26:47), Steven Trayer (270th/26:52) and Booth Hornsby (294th/27:14) rounded out VMI's scoring seven, while Jason Thorpe (309th/27:34) and Gabe Fisher (313th/27:37) were also in action.

VMI cross country will return to action Friday, Oct. 12, when the Keydets take part in the Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C.

Moye Leads VMI Women at Paul Short Run
LEHIGH, Pa. - Jenna Moye posted a 6K personal best, pacing the VMI women's cross country team at the Paul Short Run, contested Friday in Lehigh, Pa. Moye led a squad that had every Keydet competitor post a 6K collegiate personal best during Friday's race.

Moye's 6K time of 21:54 was good for a 81st place finish, which came in the senior's first 6K race since last September 10. It bettered her previous 6K PR of 21:59, which had been set in 2009 at that year's Paul Short. Natalie Young was VMI's #2 runner, placing 166th in a time of 22:42 during her first collegiate 6K.

Leah Schubel was VMI's #3 competitor Friday, finishing 204th in a time of 23:01, while Michelle Church was 238th in 23:22. Kelsey Newcomb (288th/24:02), Nina Srikongyos (314th/24:23) and Hannah Dickinson rounded out the VMI competitors (324th/24:43). In the team standings, VMI finished 32nd overall, outpointing such teams as VCU, Colgate and Binghamton.

VMI cross country will return to action Friday, Oct. 12 as the Keydets take part in the Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C.

Hunt Paces HPU Women's Cross Country in Charlotte Invitational
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  The High Point University women's cross country team placed 13th out of 30 teams at the Charlotte Invitational at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. Senior Kelsey Hunt led the Panthers for the third meet in a row.

Hunt placed 25th overall with a time of 22:27.85 on the 6,000-meter course. Perry placed 41st in 22:45.90. Hollowood took 92nd in 23:30.02 and Dorrell placed 101st in 23:40.12. Sophomore Lauren Blackwell placed 106th in 23:46.99.

Freshman Erika Peoples was HPU's sixth runner in 113th place and junior Audrey Malloy took 159th.

Clemson won the race followed by Appalachian State and Richmond. High Point was the top Big South team in 13th place. Coastal Carolina placed 15th, Winthrop placed 17th, Campbell took 20th, Gardner-Webb placed 24th and Presbyterian placed 32nd. There were 33 teams in the race.

In the sub-varsity race, freshman Katie Farina led High Point with a 27th-place finish in a time of 24:01.84.

Senior Kelsey Paine placed 36th in 24:18.72 and freshman Julia Zautcke took 37th in 24:22.33. Freshman Lindsey Siska placed 49th, sophomore Leah Anne Wirfel took 54th and freshman Rebecca Baldinger placed 60th.

The Panthers are off for two weeks before competing in the Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C. on Oct. 12.

Szalai Leads HPU Men's Cross Country in Debut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  Freshman Benji Szalai placed seventh in his debut race to lead the High Point University men's cross country team to a fifth-place finish in the Charlotte Invitational on Friday at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C.

Szalai finished the 8,000-meter course in 24:34.89. Junior Patrick Crawford placed 12th in 24:50.13 and senior Jacob Smith took 32nd in 25:16.39.

Freshman Paddy Grandinali was HPU's fourth runner in the championship race, placing 50th overall in 25:40.72. Sophomore Chris Colo placed 79th in 26:08.95 and junior John Yankello placed 96th in 26:24.11.

Virginia Tech won the meet with 31 points followed by Wake Forest (80), Davidson (138) and Appalachian State (149). The Panthers took fifth with 154 points. High Point was the top Big South school in the meet as Campbell took 12th, Radford placed 16th, Coastal Carolina took 18th, Winthrop placed 26th and Gardner-Webb placed 29th. There were 35 teams in the race.

In the sub-varsity race, HPU redshirt-freshman Jeff LaCoste got the individual win in a time of 25:32.99. He had been injured recently and was making his 8K debut. Freshmen Cody Seymour and Ben Robinson ran among the leaders for most of the race, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively. Seymour finished in 25:56.98 while Robinson clocked a time of 26:04.94.

Also in the sub-varsity race, freshman Kevin Maguire took 13th in 26:17.76 and freshman Eddie Whitlock took 30th in 26:58.74. Freshmen Zach Hostetler and Kevin Kreider placed 37th and 43rd, respectively.

High Point's top group heads to the Chile Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas to race among some of the nation's best teams on Saturday, Oct. 13. Those who don't compete in Arkansas will race at the Blue Ridge Open on Oct. 12.

Longwood Men Place Second at Great American Festival
CARY, N.C. -- Longwood University posted 70 points in men's cross country to place second among 10 teams at the Great American Cross Country Festival Friday afternoon at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.  Duke University of the Atlantic Coast Conference won the team title with 16 points, including seven of the top 10 runners, while Andrew Brodeur (unattached) was the individual race winner with his time of 24:35 over the 8K course. 

The Lancers were led by  sophomore Russell Reed|Onemo (Mathews) with his time of 26:55 to place 12th among the field of 78 competitors.  Longwood will next compete at the Blue Ridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University of the Southern Conference on October 12 in Boone, North Carolina at 4:30 p.m.
Russell Reed was followed across the finish line by freshman Adam Link|Williamsburg (Walsingham Academy) (26:59, 14th), sophomore Trey Thomas|Stafford (Mountain View) (27:04, 15th), freshman Seth Taylor|Chesapeake (Grassfield) (27:05, 66th), sophomore Nick Reed|Fairfax (Robinson) (27:28, 25th), senior Sean Flynn|Goodview (Roanoke Catholic) (29:08, 37th) and junior Kyle Moller|Gainesville (Battlefield) (30:56, 51st).

Russell Reed, Link, Thomas and Nick Reed each ran collegiate-best times for the 8K distance.

Stroud Claims 15th Place At Charlotte Cross Country Meet
CHARLOTTE, NC--Winthrop junior distance runner Jeanne Stroud turned in another strong performance on Friday as she finished 15th out of a field of 233 entrants in Friday afternoon's Charlotte Cross Country Invitational which was held at Charlotte's McAlpine Park.

The race served as a NCAA preview for the November Regional and drew nearly 40 teams.

Stroud (Charleston, SC) covered the 6K course in a time of 22:11.70.  Wake Forest's Nicole Irving had the top collegiate time at 20:59.58.  As a team the Winthrop women finished 17th out of 33 schools. Clemson claimed the women's team title.

The Winthrop men, who competed without their top three runners finished 26th out of 35 schools.  The top finisher for the Eagle men was sophomore Ellis Cole (Coral Springs, FL) who was clocked in the 8K run at 26:42.93.

Campbell Men & Women Finish Well on Friday
CHARLOTTE - Campbell's men's cross country team took 12th, while the women finished 20th at the Charlotte Invitational Friday afternoon at McAlpine Park.
In the men's 8K championship, 35 schools competed with Virginia Tech taking the top spot with 31 points. Clemson claimed the top spot out of 33 teams in the women's 6K championship with 83 points.
Junior Morgan Timiney led the Camels on the day with a time of 25:07.51 finishing 21st overall. Sophomore Evan Darm was close behind, taking 48th with a personal best 25:38.67. Also setting a personal best was junior Eric Baldwin as he finished 89th with a time of 26:16.63.
Also scoring on the day for the CU men were Chris Schulist (101st, 26:28.89) and Michael Bedell (136th, 27:04.13).
Junior Ashley Matthews paced the women's team with a personal best time of 22:50.22, finishing 46th overall. Junior Samantha Robbins followed, finishing 75th with a personal best 23:15.06. Junior Chelsey Bush ran a time of 25:12.74, taking 149th overall.
Rounding out the scoring for the Camel women were Laura Verschuren (158th, 25:32.20) and Courtney Schultz (166th, 25:53.13, PB).
The men's squad accumulated 342 points with an average time of 26:07.16. The CU women totaled 536 points on an average time of 24:32.67.
The Campbell cross country teams return to action on Oct. 12 at the Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C.

Gorwitz, Scheren Lead Highlander Pack at Charlotte Invitational
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brian Gorwitz (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) finished 47th in a pack of 222 runners on Friday evening to help the Radford men's cross country team finish 16th out of 35 squads at the Charlotte Invitational. The women's squad concluded the meet in 25th out of 33 teams.

Behind Gorwitz's time of 25:47.31 was Ryan Farnan (Winchester, Va. / Millbrook), who crossed the finish line in 25:55.07 to end up in 53rd place. Chris Weeks (Hamilton, Va. / Loudoun Valley) finished 98th with a time of 26:41.38, while Daniel Moniak finished 116th at 27:02.24.
Sam Keltner (Virginia Beach, Va. / First Colonial) came in 121st with a pace of 27:06.51, while Harrison Murn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) finished 173rd at 29:05.55. Thomas Keefe (Fairfax Station, Va. / South County Secondary) ended the race in 203rd with a time of 30:57.06.
Virginia Tech posted a 123:17.58 ledger to best runner-up Wake Forest by nearly two minutes. UNC Pembroke's Pardon Ndhlovu took the individual title with a pace of 24:20.72.
On the women's side, Hannah Scheren (Lovettsville, Va. / Loudoun Valley) led the Highlanders with a time of 24:10.58 to finish 108th out of 211 runners. Emily Marshall (Prince George, Va. / Prince George) posted a pace of 25:15.99, while Madeline Thomas (Springfield, Va. / Bishop Ireton) had a 26:34.04 mark. Maggie Wissler came in at 27:21.57 and Casey Clark (Roanoke, Va./Northside) crossed the finish line in 27:52.74. Ashley Lounsbury (Crozet, Va. / Western Albemarle) completed the course in 28:54.15 to finish 183rd.
Clemson won the women's race with a total time of 110:46.80, over one minute better than runner-up Appalachian State. The Mountaineers were coming off a win two weeks ago at the Adidas/Winthrop Invitational. Wake Forest's Nicole Irving claimed the individual race with a 20:59.58 mark.
The Highlanders' next meet will be at the Blue Ridge Open in two weeks. The races are set to begin at 3:00 p.m.

Personal Records Highlight Chants Performance at Charlotte Invitational
CHARLOTE, N.C. - Sophomore Evan Niciphor and junior Ryan Beckley set 8K personal bests Friday afternoon as they helped Coastal Carolina's men's cross country finish 18th out of 35 teams at the Charlotte Invitational. The women's side also saw personal bests from senior Jessica Dennison and junior Stephanie Taylor as the lady Chants finished 15th of 33 teams in the women's 6K.
Niciphor led the Chants for the second time this season as his personal best 8K time of 25:23 was enough to claim 31st of 244 runners. Sophomore Joseph Keitt followed his personal record setting performance at the Winthrop Invitation by crossing second for the Chants in 26:20. Kyle Kling once again finished in the top three for the Chants, crossing the line in 26:54.
Ryan Beckley was the fourth Chanticleer to finish, setting a new 8K personal best with a time of 26:57. Spencer Lange followed Beckley, crossing the line in 27:45, and sophomore Tyler Cummings made his season debut for CCU finishing close behind Lange in 27:58. Freshman Graham Larson rounded out Coastal's seven runners with a time of 29:21.
CCU claimed 18th in the team results with 476 points. Virginia Tech (31), Wake Forest (80) and Davidson (138) were the top three teams. UNC Pembroke's Pardon Ndhlovu took the men's 8K individual title.
Jessica Dennison was the top finisher for Coastal, finishing 50th of 233 overall with a 6K personal record time of 23:00. Junior Emily Marchini, who led the Chants in the first two events this season, crossed close behind Dennison in 23:07. Stephanie Taylor's personal best of 23:11 earned her a third place finish for the Chants, 66th overall.
Freshman Letitia Saayman continued to impress in her first season, finishing 85th overall in 23:29. Junior Shelby Nicosia and freshman Jackie Brengel crossed in 24:24 and 24:54 respectively.
The women's 347 points were good enough for them to finish in the top half of the field. Clemson finished with 83 points to take the team title while Wake Forest's Nicole Irving claimed the individual title with a time of 20:59.
The next meet for Coastal Carolina's men's and women's cross country teams will take place on Oct. 12, as they travel to Boone, N.C., to compete in the Blue Ridge Mountain Open hosted by Appalachian State.

McClay's Season Best Leads GWU Cross Country at Charlotte Invitational on Friday
Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb's men's and women's cross country teams ran among a packed field Friday afternoon at the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational, with 33 women's teams as well as 30 men's teams competing in the event.

The women ran the 6K race, while the men participated in the 8K event.

The Runnin' Bulldog women were led by Elisabeth Sawyer (Charlotte, N.C.), who kept up a stellar senior campaign by leading the GWU charge with a time of 23:55.50. Sawyer has recorded the fastest time for the GWU women in each meet of the 2012 season.

Fellow senior Megan Frost (Crofton, Md.) finished with GWU's second fastest 6K time of the day at 25:48.88, followed closely by senior Leah Steinke's (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) time of 25:51.95.

Junior Katie Spiro (Sylva, N.C.) and senior Ivana Hughes (Evans, Ga.) wrapped up Gardner-Webb's top five in the women's 6K race, as the pair of Runnin' Bulldog performers clocked in at 26:34.14 and 27:13.36 respectively.

The Gardner-Webb women took 24th place on Friday, edging out Big South nemeses Radford (25th) and Presbyterian (32nd).

On the men's side, junior Mike McClay (Lawrenceville, Ga.) continued a strong campaign for the Runnin' Bulldogs this season, finishing with a season best time at 26:33.42. McClay's performance marked the fourth consecutive meet this season in which the junior has put up the fastest GWU time.

Senior Josiah Stanton-Brooks (Seattle, Wash.) was second fastest for the Runnin' Bulldogs, recording a time of 28:04.11. Junior Trey Crook (Lexington, N.C.) continued his strong season, coming in with the third fastest GWU time of the day at 28:08.17.

Junior Justin Loy (Burrington, N.H.) crossed the line at 28:45.12, and sophomore Nick Rogers (Monroe, Ga.) cracked into GWU's top five finishers with a time of 30:40.22.

The Gardner-Webb men took 29th place in the event, beating out conference rival Presbyterian by 225 points.

GWU cross country will be back on the course Saturday, October 6 for the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. with the race scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Klugh, Ricksecker Pace Liberty at Notre Dame
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Competing against some of the nation's elite NCAA Division I cross country teams and runners on Friday spurred Liberty competitors on to a plethora of personal-best times. Jennifer Klugh and David Ricksecker were the top individual performers for the Flames at the 57th annual Notre Dame Invitational.

Klugh's 62nd-place finish paced the Lady Flames' effort, which saw five of the team's seven runners achieve collegiate cross country 5K personal-best times. As a result, Liberty finished 17th overall in the blue race with 459 points. Florida State justified its No. 2 national ranking with an impressive winning score of 29 points. That put the Seminoles well clear of runner-up No. 20 Notre Dame's total of 111.

On the men's side, David Ricksecker earned 61st place in his senior season debut race. All five of his teammates ran to personal-best clockings for the 18th-place Flames, who totaled 425 points in their first appearance at this meet since 2007. No. 20 Tulsa was something of a surprise winner in the men's five-mile blue race, totaling 104 points. No. 17 Princeton's score of 139 netted runner-up honors in a field which saw nationally-ranked teams capture the top eight positions on a picture-perfect day for distance running.
Women's Race Recap
Klugh's official time of 17:33 was less than five seconds slower than the school-record 17:28.3 posting she recorded almost exactly a year ago at the 2011 Charlotte Invitational. Almost as impressively, Liberty's fifth and final scorer crossed the line just 44 seconds behind Klugh.

Fellow senior Khristina Kanagy dipped under the 18:00 mark for the first time in a cross country 5K. Her 17:44 effort was good for 79th place overall.

The next three Lady Flames finished nearly simultaneously, including Jacy Christiansen (115th place, personal-best 18:13), Betel Yosef (116th, personal-best 18:15) and Meredith Mistretta (118th, personal-best 18:17). Mistretta made the most significant improvement upon her previous best 5K time, lopping 35 seconds off of her 18:52 effort from the Sept. 15 Winthrop/Adidas Invitational.

Sisters Katie and Courtney Russo finished side-by-side, in 135th and 136th place, respectively. Both were awarded times of 18:51, with the time representing a new personal best for Katie.

Men's Race Recap
Ricksecker was actually the only one of Liberty's six men's finishers who did not run faster than his 8K personal-best time on Friday. However, his five-mile time of 24:37 is still superior to his 8K best of 24:36 because five miles is a longer distance than eight kilometers.

Teammates Ngetich Kipchirchir (70th place, 24:41) and Caleb Edmonds (71st place, 24:41) came in together as the Flames' No. 2 and 3 runners.

Will Templeton's personal-best time of 25:08 was good for 105th place, while Zach Barker (127th place, 25:26) and Sam Hibbs (137th place, 25:40) both ran significant personal bests. Barker's time was 17 seconds faster than he has ever run for the shorter 8K distance. Meanwhile, Hibbs' clocking was 24 seconds better than his 8K best.

Liberty will return to action in two weeks at a yet-to-be-determined meet. The Flames will make one final tune-up for the 2012 Big South Cross Country Championships at either the Oct. 12 Blue Ridge Open in Boone, N.C. or the Oct. 13 Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky.

Hines Second, Bucs Fifth at Bulldog Invitational
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Tyre Hines finished only behind The Citadel's Kyle Keene at the Bulldog Invitational to claim individual silver at the Bulldog Invitational this morning at the Laurel Hill course in Mt. Pleasant this morning. The host Bulldogs finished first, while Charleston Southern was fifth in the 8k race.

Hines finished the race in 26:28, edging out North Greenville's Brett Morley by under five seconds. Other placers for the Buccaneers were Michael Marshburn (23rd, 29:26), Baxley Crosby (26th, 30:08), Martin Hutchens (29th, 32:23), and Joshua Mack (31st, 32:58).

The Buccaneers compete next two weekends from now at the Royal Cross Country Challenge hosted by Queens University in Charlotte as their final tuneup for the Big South Championships at the end of October.

UNC Asheville Men's Cross Country Finishes First, Women Run Well
SWANNANOA, N.C. - The UNC Asheville cross country team's first home invitational since 2007 proved fruitful Saturday with the Bulldog men taking the win, and the women placing second.
The Bulldog men stormed away with the win, scoring just 19 total points behind sophomore Kevin Paradise's victory. Paradise ran 26 minutes, 2.68 seconds to lead UNC Asheville over second-place Wofford's 47 points and Brevard's 76.
UNC Asheville reached a first under Norman, as this is the first time in his tenure that he's had four runners logging finishes under 27 minutes in the same season. He says his men's squad is young, but constantly progressing.
Today's race concluded with Paradise's top spot then the Bulldogs taking spots three through 10. Freshman Jeremy Gower finished third in 26:28.18, unattached UNC Asheville runner Brent Shuter in fourth (26:34.11), freshman Andy Thornburg in fifth (26:42.53), freshman David Ryland in sixth (26:58.67), freshman Ryan Catrine in seventh (27:03.61), sophomore Elliot Pahel-Short in eighth (27:13.17), freshman Skyler Winchester in ninth (27:24.73), and senior Ryan Blackmon finishing 10th in 27:29.73.

In the women's race, the Bulldogs lost a tight race with Wofford, who beat them 30-39. Charleston Southern placed third with 64 points, and Milligan rounded out the competition with 109 points.

UNC Asheville produced some strong individual results, as senior Emma Bussard and junior Melanie Kulesz went 1-2, running 18:19.17 and 18:35.41. Bussard's finish was a nine-second personal-best time. This 1-2 punch could be a precursor to success in the second half of the season, Norman believes, if his ladies can improve on tightening up their top five runners.
Norman said that top to bottom, the ladies didn't run their best race of the season, but looked at the positives of his runners who had strong runs.
Finishing in 10th place for UNC Asheville was sophomore Adrian Etheridge, who crossed the line in 19:23.91. Freshman Kelsie Rubino followed soon thereafter in 11th (19:31.51), freshman Scarlett Beamon finished 15th (19:46.35), junior Rachel Carson in 16th (19:48.58), and Clair Powell, a senior, took 25th (20:25.58) for the Bulldogs' top-seven.

With this meet marking the end of the first half of the season, as the Bulldogs progress toward the Pre National Meet and the championship portion of the season, the team focus will be cutting back on the volume of miles, upping the intensity of workouts, and going into races fresher.
The Pre-National Meet will be hosted by the University of Louisville at Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.