VMI & Coastal Post Top Individual Finishers on Saturday

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Moye Paces Podium Sweep at VMI Invitational
LEXINGTON, Va. - Senior Jenna Moye opened her final collegiate season strongly, winning to lead a VMI sweep of the podium at the Keydets' cross country season opener, the VMI Invitational at Lexington's Virginia Horse Center.

Moye broke away from freshman teammate Natalie Young on the final lap and cruised to the win, clocking in at 18:35.70 over the 5K course. It was the first collegiate victory for the multi-time team captain and former Big South Freshman of the Year, as her previous best career finish was a second-place run, which came on this course in 2009.

Young, meanwhile, ran with Moye for the majority of the distance and wound up second, finishing in 18:51.80 in her first collegiate race. Despite being over 16 seconds behind Moye, the pair was still well clear of the field, as Moye's classmate, Leah Schubel, finished in 19:05.90 to place third.

The field of 22 runners included competitors from Longwood, VMI and James Madison, but it was the Keydets who placed four runners in the top five, as Michelle Church rounded out that quartet by finishing fifth in 19:18. Other VMI runners in action included freshman Kelsey Newcomb (19:49.80/10th), Hannah Dickinson (21:15.40/15th), Nina Srikongyos (21:39.70/16th) and Lindsey Carty (21:49.30/18th).

VMI cross country will return to action Sept. 15 at the JMU Open, currently set for a 10 a.m. start in New Market, Va.

Willis Leads Keydet Domination at VMI Invitational
LEXINGTON, Va. - Junior Cabell Willis led virtually from the opening gun and survived a late-race charge from freshman Avery Martin to earn the victory at Saturday's VMI cross country season opener, the 5K VMI Invitational held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Willis (15:58.80) controlled much of the race early, and with one lap to go, appeared to be distancing himself from the field somewhat. Martin, however, made a furious charge over the final 300 meters and nearly overtook the team captain, falling just short and finishing with a time of 15:58.90.

The duo led a Keydet sweep of the top nine spots, as the race was contested with two programs, VMI and Longwood, participating. Will Thompson wound up third, clocking in at 16:04.10 and edging Sean Helmke's 16:04.90 effort. Daniel DeNijs finished fifth in 16:05.90, with Andrey Dmitriev placing sixth in 16:15.90. Hartnel Paultre (16:16.90/7th), Gabe Fisher (16:19.90/8th) and Booth Hornsby (16:20.60/9th) rounded out the top nine Keydets.

The remainder of the VMI competitors included Patrick Spahn (16:25.90/11th), Steven Trayer (16:26.40/12th), Guy Shelby (16:30.80/13th) and Jason Thorpe (16:31.10/14th). Conor Hogan (16:46.90/17th), Ben Lynde (17:38.40/20th) and Frank Van Valkenburg (18:50.80/23rd) rounded out the Keydets in action Saturday.

VMI cross country will return to action Sept. 15 at the JMU Open, currently set for a 10 a.m. start in New Market, Va.

Coastal Carolina Women and Men Win 8th Annual CCU Invitational
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University men's and women's cross country teams both took first place at the 8th Annual Coastal Carolina University Invitational.
 
Coastal runners claimed the top four spots overall in the women's 5K race. Junior Emily Marchini paced the Chants finishing first overall with a time of 18:22.38. Finishing directly behind Marchini was freshman Letitia Saayman with a time of 18:29. Juniors Stephanie Taylor and Shelby Nicosia finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 18:47 and 18:56. Also finishing in the top seven for the Chants was Seanna Kautz (eighth overall), Jackie Brengel (19th overall) and LaChelsie Thomas(20th overall).
 
In the team results CCU finished first with 18 points, UNC Wilmington finished second with 39 points, Concord took third with 82 points and Catawba finished fourth with 97 points.
 
Robby Peters of Concord finished first overall with a time of 15:31 in the men's 5K but Coastal Carolina took first in the team results. Evan Niciphor crossed first for the Chants, second overall, with a time of 15:31. Joseph Keitt finished third overall with a time of 15:57, followed directly by Kyle Kling who finished fourth overall with a time of 15:59. Junior Ryan Beckley finished fourth for the Chants, eighth overall. Also finishing in the top seven for Coastal was Cameron Wells (12th overall), Spencer Lange (17th overall) and Graham Larson(20th overall).
 
Coastal finished with 29 points to take the team title, UNC Wilmington took second with 45 points, Concord finished third with 61 points and Catawba rounded out the group with 103 points.
 
Coastal cross country will take a week off before returning to action Saturday, September 15 in Rock Hill, S.C., for the Big South Preview/Winthrop Invitational. Times for the event have not yet been finalized. Check back to GoCCUSports.com in the upcoming days for more information.

Campbell Men's and Women's XC takes 4th at Georgia Invitational
BISHOP, GA - Both the Campbell men's and women's cross country team took a fourth place finish in the Georgia Invitational at the UGA Equestrian Complex on Saturday morning.

Junior Morgan Timiney led the men's team with a 26:52.33 in the men's 8K race, finishing 7th overall. Senior Delohnni Nicol-Samuel came in next for the Camels finishing 17th with a 27:17.94. Junior Eric Baldwin finished 29th with a time of 27:46.64.

Also placing on the day for the CU men were Chris Schulist (28:02.54 38th), Michael Bedell (28:11.32 40th), Tanner Thomas (29:19.88 55th) and Jordan Usher (30:38.04 61st).

Junior Cynthia Navarro paced the CU women's team finishing 15th with a personal best 17:57.21 in the 5K race. Following close behind were juniors Samantha Robbins with a personal best 18:08.68 (19th) and Ashley Matthews with a personal best 18:11.99 (20th).

Also placing and setting a new personal best on the day was junior Chelsey Bush with an 18:59.19, finishing 32nd. Sierra Hagl placed and finished 40th with a 19:18.54. Laura Verschuren finished 43rd with a 19:34.32 while Courtney Schultz posted a personal best 20:03.35, finishing 48th. Rounding out the CU women was Meaghan Wessel with a 21:02.12, finishing 57th.

The Campbell cross country teams will be back in action on Sep.7 at the UNCW Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.

Longwood Women Race at VMI Invitational
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Longwood University competed at the VMI Invitational women's cross country race Saturday at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.  There was no team scoring as the individual race winner was Jenna Moye of VMI with her time of 18:35, while the Lancers were led by junior Alisha Royal|Vinton (William Byrd) with her time of 19:09 over the 5K course to place fourth among 22 competitors.  Longwood will run again on September 15 at the JMU Open Invitational in Harrisonburg.
   
Royal ran the ninth-fastest 5K time in the program's history and now has five of the all-time 10 fastest times for the distance.  Following Royal were sophomores Brittany Foote|Goshen, N.Y. (Goshen) (20:41, 13th) and Elisabeth Drake|Hayes (Gloucester) (22:35, 19th), seniors Jenna Sprinkle|Buchanan (James River) (22:37, 20th) and Rebecca Denny|Virginia Beach (Kempsville) (22:50, 21st), along with freshman Amelia McConnell|Carlisle, Pa. (Carlisle) (23:02, 22nd).
   
VMI had four of the top five among five of the top-10 finishers and James Madison took places six through nine.

Longwood Men Race at VMI Invitational
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Longwood University competed at the VMI Invitational men's cross country race Saturday at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.  There was no team scoring as the individual race winner was Cabell Willis of VMI with his time of 15:58, while the Lancers were led by sophomore Russell Reed|Onemo (Mathews) with his time of 16:22 over the 5K course to place 10th among 25 competitors.  Longwood will run again on September 15 at the JMU Open Invitational in Harrisonburg.
   
Russell Reed was running in his first collegiate race and posted the third-fastest 5K time in the program's history.  He was followed by sophomore Nick Reed|Fairfax (Robinson) (16:43, 15th), freshmen Seth Taylor|Chesapeake (Grassfield) (16:46, 16th) and Adam Link|Williamsburg (Walsingham Academy) (16:48, 18th), sophomore Trey Thomas|Stafford (Mountain View) (17:26, 19th), senior Sean Flynn|Goodview (Roanoke Catholic) (17:40, 21st), junior Kyle Moller|Gainesville (Battlefield) (17:52, 22nd), freshman Adam Lynch|Stafford (North Stafford) (19:01, 24th), along with sophomore Ryan Canoy|Williamsburg (Bruton) (19:57, 25th).
   
VMI had nine of the top-10 finishers.