Top Finishes Highlight Cross Country Action

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Kitur's Return Leads VMI to Third-Place Finish
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -  Senior Felix Kitur made his season debut and ran a 24:36 8K, finishing third and leading VMI to a third-place finish at the Royal Cross Country Challenge, hosted by Queens University at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C.
 
Kitur's effort came in his first race of the season, as he led the Keydets to 117 total points, placing just behind regionally ranked Davidson (47) and Queens University (97), which is ranked 15th nationally at the Division II level. Elon and Mercer rounded out the top-five in the 19-team field.
 
Kitur was followed by Noah Hagos, who continued his strong year by running a 25:03 to finish 7th. In just his second collegiate 8K, with the first having been only six days ago, Dean Gonsalves was VMI's #3 runner, finishing 33rd in 25:54. Ian McGinn was 40th (26:06), while Hartnel Paultre finished 45th in 26:10. Will Thompson (26:15/47th) and Hayden Hodges (26:33/52nd) rounded out the VMI scorers, as all seven, save McGinn, ran personal best 8K times.
 
Also in action for VMI were Jason Thorpe (26:53) and Andrey Dmitriev (26:54), who finished 65th and 66th respectively. Behind them were Frank Van Valkenburg (27:03/74th), Jacob Lysher (27:05/75th), Booth Hornsby (27:18/81st), Michael McDonald (27:20/83rd), Jordanis Lozier (27:30/86th), Gabe Fisher (27:47/98th) and Nathan Martin (28:56/119th). Lysher, McDonald, Lozier, Fisher and Martin all ran personal best times as the majority of the Keydet team saw action in the event.
 
VMI cross country will be back in action on October 29, traveling to Conway, S.C. to take part in the Big South Championships.

Williamson Finishes 45th to Highlight Blue Ridge Open Friday Afternoon
BOONE, N.C. - The Radford cross country teams had solid showings at the Blue Ridge Open Friday afternoon led by freshman Teresa Williamson's (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) 45th-place performance in the last tune-up before conference. 
 
Williamson posted a 19:25.80 to place 45th out of 177 competitors to lead the Highlander women. Senior Caroline Ratterree (Falcon, Colo./Northeastern JUCO) trailed Williamson in 66th place at 19:41.20. 
 
On the men's side, Brian Gorwitz (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) led all Radford runners and crossed the stripe in 26:51.50.  The lead runner for most of the year, Thomas Keefe (Fairfax Station, Va./South County Secondary), wrapped up the 8k in 26:56.10, good for a 78th-place finish of 200 runners. 
 
As a team, the Highlander men finished 14th overall with 428 points while the women finished in 20th. 
 
Freshman Ryan Farnan (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) clocked in at 27:06.10 time and capped the meet in 89th.  Other notable Highlander times included Chris Weeks' (Hamilton, Va./Loudoun Valley) 27:31.09 and Joey Hannah's (Centreville, Va./Centreville) 28:08.50. 
 
Radford's next race will come at the Big South Championship on Oct. 29, held in Conway, S.C.

Coastal Carolina's Women's Cross Country Claims Sixth at Blue Ridge Mountain Open
BOONE, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team finished sixth in the 21-team field at the 5-kilometer Blue Ridge Mountain Open hosted by Appalachian State on Friday, Oct. 14.

Regionally ranked Furman won the meet with a team score of 56 as runner-up Wake Forest tallied 77 points.  High Point finished third with 82 points followed by the host Mountaineers (115) and Campbell (177) to round out the top five.  Coastal Carolina (209), Virginia Tech 'B' (230), UNC Wilmington (236), Charlotte (240) and IPFW (287) completed the top ten team finishes.  Nicole Irving of Wake Forest was the top finisher in the 177 competitor field with a time of 17:43.

Senior Christian Johnson was Coastal's top finisher for the second consecutive meet as she crossed the finish line in 27th with a time of 18:59.  Emily Marchini, a sophomore, was the second Chanticleer to finish as she turned in a time of 19:10 to place 34th overall. 

Seanna Kautz, running in only her second event of the year, turned in a time of 19:22 to place 47th.  Shelby Nicosia (19:33) and Janel Reeves (19:37) wrapped up the Chanticleer scoring as they placed 61st and 67th, respectively.

Also competing were Jessica Dennison and Stephanie Taylor.  Dennison completed the course in 19:48 to place 82nd followed by Dennison in 94th with a time of 20:00. 

Up next the Chanticleers will host the 2011 Big South Championships Oct. 29 on the grounds of Quail Creek Golf Club. 

Coastal Men's Cross Country Improves at Blue Ridge Mountain Open
BOONE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina's men's cross country turned in a 19th place finish at the 8-kilometer Blue Ridge Mountain Open hosted by Appalachian State on Friday, Oct. 14.

George Mason won the event with a team score of 40 followed closely by Wake Forest at 57 points.  High Point placed third in team scoring with 96 followed by host Appalachian State (127) and Furman (142) to round out the top five. The Chanticleers tallied 512 markers to finish 19th overall.  High Point's Patrick Crawford was the top collegiate finisher as he won the meet with a time of 24:38.  

Freshman Evan Niciphor was the top placing Chant for the third straight race as he finished 57th overall in the 201 competitor field with a time of 26:25.   Cameron Wells was Coastal's second finisher for the first time this season as he placed 123rd with in time off 27:36.  Wells improved a full 28 seconds over his 8k time of 28:04 at the Paul Short Run.

Freshmen Zach Hensel and Tyler Cummings crossed the finish line eight seconds apart to take home 133rd and 139th, respectively.  Hensel ran a personal-record 27:49 clip as Cummings recorded a 27:57.  Spencer Lange rounded out the Coastal competitors with a time of 29:30 to place 180th overall.

Up next the Chanticleers will host the 2011 Big South Championships Oct. 29 on the grounds of Quail Creek Golf Club. 

Winthrop Men Finish 9th; Women Are 11th at Blue Ridge XC Open
BOONE, NC--Winthrop's men finished ninth out of 23 teams while the women were 11th out of 21 schools as they competed on Friday in the Blue Ridge Cross Country Open held in Boone, NC and hosted by Appalachian State.

Senior Adam Freudenthal (Spartanburg, SC) earned his third Top 10 finish of the season as he finished ninth overall in the men's 8K with a time of 25:15.6.  The top collegiate runner in the men's race was High Point's Patrick Crawford who was clocked in 24:38.2 as he finished third overall.  George Mason captured the men's team championship with 40 points.  Winthrop tallied 271 points.

The women's squad was led by sophomore Jeanne Stroud who covered the 5K distance in a time of 18:58.1 to finish 24th  The top female runner was Nicole Irving of Wake Forest who ran the race in 17:43.4.  Furman claimed the team title with 56 points while Winthrop totaled 314 points.

In the men's event, junior AJ Fitzsimmons (Charleston, SC) ran second for the Eagles and 50th overall with a time of 26:14. 4 while sophomore Steve Rivard (Goose Creek, SC) was next with a time of 26:58.4  to finish 87th.  Junior Adam Leroux  (Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia) finished 94th with a time of 27:04.6.  Rounding out the Winthrop lineup were Sammy Livingston  (sophomore, Georgetown, SC) who finished 98th at 27:06.6, senior Kyle Carufe (Naples, FL), 115th, 27:28.8;  freshman Ellis Coe (Coral Springs, FL), 120th, 27:32.0;  freshman Braxton Sheriff (Easley, SC), 165th, 28:42.8; and sophomore Justin Blackwell  (Chesnee, SC), 176th, 29.17.1.

Freshman Jessica Whitmire (Pendleton, SC) and Tristan Langley (Truro, Nova Scotia) had the second and third best finishes for the Winthrop women.  Whitmire finished 42nd with a time of 19:17.5 while Langley was 92nd at 19:59.0.  Sophomore Lisa Nichols (Fort Mill, SC) claimed 95th place with a finishing time of 20:01.4.  Sophomore Shayna Jenkins (Columbia, SC) was 116th with a time of 20:30.7.  Junior Jennifer Schofield (Hatfield, PA) was 119th at 20:39.0 to round out the Winthrop scoring.

Klugh, Ricksecker Post 12th-Place Finishes
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Liberty redshirt juniors Jennifer Klugh and David Ricksecker notched 12th-place finishes in their respective races, highlighting the Flames' performance at Friday's Panorama Farms Invitational. The meet, contested at Virginia's hilly, soggy Panorama Farms course, served as Liberty's final tune-up for the Big South Cross Country Championships.

Ricksecker and teammate Caleb Edmonds finished in back-to-back positions, helping the Liberty men's squad place fifth in a strong field, with 133 points. All four teams who defeated the Flames were ranked in the Southeast Region this week, including meet champion Virginia (39 points) and runner-up Duke (59 points).

Meanwhile, the Lady Flames tallied 185 points for eighth place in the women's race. No. 16 Virginia made it a sweep of the team championships at its home invitational, outdistancing UNC Greensboro by a 27-55 score.

Men's Meet Recap
With Liberty's No. 1 runner Zac Edwards sitting out Friday's race to rest for the Flames' upcoming postseason meets, Ricksecker took over as Liberty's top finisher for the first time this season. He traversed the challenging 8K course in 25:08.60, placing 12th out of 108 entrants. Ricksecker crossed the finish line less than two seconds behind Virginia's Robby Andrews, the reigning NCAA national champion in the men's 800-meter run.

Edmonds followed closely behind in 13th place, fashioning arguably the best race of the sophomore's collegiate career. Despite the unfavorable conditions, he clocked an 8K personal-best time of 25:10.16.

Josh MacDonald came in 30th at 25:40.12, while Will Reeves posted a 26:07.71 for 43rd place. Isaac Wendland closed out the Flames' top five with a 55th-place finish and a time of 26:20.19.

Nate Jones stopped the clock in 26:35.43 to take 62nd place and Zach Barker claimed 74th place with a 27:12.41 effort.

Women's Meet Recap
Running her first 6K since setting the school record (20:55.5) at the 2010 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, Klugh finished in 21:52.01 on Friday. That was good for 12th place out of 86 competitors and top honors on the women's team.

Khristina Kanagy was the Lady Flames' No. 2 finisher on the day, crossing the line in 22:58.01 for the 30th position. Betel Yosef and Jacy Christiansen came in nearly side-by-side, taking 50th and 51st place, respectively. Yosef's official time was 23:43.97, while Christiansen ran 23:44.40 in her first try at the 6K distance.

Alyssa Allen and Meredith Mistretta also finished in consecutive spots for the Lady Flames, notching 62nd and 63rd place, respectively. Allen ran a 24:29.22, with Mistretta following in 24:35.40.

Katie Russo finished up Liberty's top seven, earning a 67th-place finish with her 24:44.65 clocking.

Liberty will now prepare to defend its men's and women's team titles at the 2011 Big South Cross Country Championships, scheduled for Oct. 29 in Conway, S.C. Contested at Coastal Carolina's Quail Creek Golf Club, the meet will begin with the men's 8K at 10:30 a.m. The women's 5K will follow at 11:30 a.m.

The Liberty men's squad will attempt to become the first team in conference history to win seven consecutive Big South titles in men's cross country. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames will aim for their third straight Big South championship and their fifth crown in the last six years.

Campbell Women Finish 5th, Men 8th at Blue Ridge Open
BOONE, N.C.-Campbell's women placed fifth while the men's squad finished eighth overall in the Blue Ridge Open cross country meet Friday afternoon at the ASU State Farm Fields.

Furman claimed the women's 5K team title, while George Mason took the men's 8K team race. Wake Forest sophomore Nicole Irving was the women's individual winner with a time of 17:43.40. Patrick Crawford of High Point was the top men's collegiate participant with a 24:38.20 finish.

Senior Rachel Deline paced the CU women with a time of 18:52.40, finishing 17th, while sophomore Ashley Matthews took 27th with a 19:09.60 mark. Freshman Samantha Robbins placed 39th with a 19:21.40, while sophomore Claudia Mundy posted a time of 19:23.90 for 43rd. Junior Cynthia Navarro also finished 51st with a time of 19:31.20.

On the men's side, sophomore Morgan Timiney posted a time of 25:44.20 for 17th. Junior DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel placed 28th with a 25:55.50 clip, while sophomore Chris Schulist registered a 50th place finish with a time of 26:27.20. Evan Darm and Clayton Woll rounded out the squad with times of 26:38.50 and 27:02.90, respectively, finishing 56th and 73rd.

Next up for the Camels is the Big South Championship in Conway, S.C. on Oct. 29.

CSU Takes 14th at Crimson Classic
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The CSU men's cross country team held their own in a strong field, taking 14th place overall at the 2011 Crimson Classic. The event was hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

Charleston Southern finished with a total time of 2:19:21.42 with an average of 27:52.29 for 413 points. The ACC's Georgia Tech took home top honors with 83 points and a time of 2:07.54.98. The field consisted of numerous SEC teams, including Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee, as well as Tulane, Memphis, Valdosta State, Kennesaw State and McNeese State.

Freshman Alex Solis placed 66th for the Bucs, crossing the line in a time of 26:44.86. Despite an illness, Solis had a strong showing and finished surrounded by Georgia Tech runners.

Tyre Hines was 83rd in the 8k race, finishing with a time of 27:26.33. Scott Morrison was close behind with a time of 27:59.00 to take 100th place overall. In 106th place was Michael Marshburn, who finished in a time of 28:08.76.

Matt Smith took 122nd place, finishing the event with a time of 29:02.47. Baxley Crosby and Marten Hutchens finished back-to-back, taking 142nd and 143rd place, respectively. Crosby completed the event in a time of 30:35.53, while Hutchens ran a 30:40.25.

The Buccaneers will head to the 2011 Big South Cross Country Championships on October 29, held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Lady Bucs Finish 19th at Crimson Classic
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers finished 19th overall in a competitive field at the Crimson Classic, hosted by the University of Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

The Lady Bucs finished the 5k with a team time of 1:42:35.07 for 535 points. They ended the day with an average of 20:31.02, just 15 seconds off of last week's average of 20:16 at the Gene Mullin Furman Invitational. Host Alabama won the event, with the Crimson Tide finishing with a total time of 1:30:38.84 and 88 points. SEC members Mississippi and Tennessee took second and third, respectively. The Volunteer's Britney Sheffey took first place with a time of 17:11.71.

Adrienne Cuff was the top finisher for the Bucs, taking 83rd place with a time of 19:32.40. Teammate Eloisa Paredes was close behind 19:57.29 for 109th place. Susanna McKee and Heidi Dean finished back-to-back, taking 145th and 146th place respectively. McKee had a strong performance, running a 20:42.42 while Dean finished with a time of 20:43.71.

Yana Lostspeich finished in 160th place, crossing the line in a time of 21:39.25. Hanna Burkholder was finished 171st with a time of 22:07.86, while Ashlyn Kunda tied her personal best set last weekend with a time of 23:53.66.

The Bucs will return to South Carolina to prepare for the 2011 Cross Country Championships, set for October 29 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.