VMI Men and Women Win on Saturday

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Church, Moye and Dinning Pace VMI's Win at W&L
LEXINGTON, Va. - The VMI women's cross country team placed three runners in the top four, as Michelle Church, Jenna Moye and Emily Dinning accomplished that feat to lead their squad to a team title at Saturday's Washington and Lee Invitational, held on the Generals' home course Saturday morning.

Church finished second in her first full collegiate race, completing the 6K course in 24:08, less than a second ahead of third place Moye. Dinning, also competing in her first full race at VMI, was just two seconds behind in fourth (24:10), while two other Keydet runners, Hannah Dickinson (7th/24:53) and Leah Schubel (8th/24:55) both finished in the top 10.

The team standings saw VMI win easily, posting 24 points to the 59 markers for second-place Otterbein. W&L was third with 76 points, while Southern Virginia (94), Mary Baldwin (160), Randolph (162) and UVA-Wise (187) were also in action. Sophia Stone of Mary Baldwin won the individual title with a time of 23:19.

Also in action for the Keydets Saturday were freshman Ally Kuehm (13th/25:51), veteran Lindsey Carty (19th/26:36), Nina Srikongyos (21st/26:52) and Molly Western (23rd/26:56).

VMI cross country will return to action Saturday, Oct. 8, taking part in the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. Action is scheduled to get underway at 8:30 a.m.
            
Hagos, Hodges Lead Keydets to Win at W&L
LEXINGTON, Va. - In VMI's first full-length race of the season, Noah Hagos captured his first collegiate victory and the Keydets posted eight of the top-10 overall finishers, en route to a team victory at Saturday's Washington & Lee Invitational, held at the Generals' home course in Lexington.

Eight days after finishing fifth at the VMI Relays, Hagos clocked in at 28:11 on the 8K course that wound through and around the campus of W&L. His time was six seconds quicker than teammate Hayden Hodges, who finished second in 28:17, just ahead of third place Hartnell Paultre, VMI's top freshman runner on Saturday morning. Paultre clocked in at 28:17 as well, completing the Keydets' sweep of the podium.

The team standings saw VMI post just 17 points, well ahead of W&L's second-place total of 64. Otterbein was third with 78, while UVA-Wise (153), Randolph (162), Southern Virginia (168), Eastern Mennonite (170) and Hampden-Sydney (172) were also in action.

Continuing VMI's domination was freshman Steven Trayer, who placed fifth in 28:58, just ahead of Booth Hornsby (6th/29:02). Jason Thorpe (7th/29:02), Will Thompson (8th/29:07) and Jordanis Lozier (9th/29:08) rounded out the Keydets in the top-10. Also in action Saturday were Michael McDonald, who was 13th in 29:37, as well as Chase Sutton (22nd/30:25) and Nathan Martin (36th/32:11).

VMI cross country will return to action Saturday, Oct. 8, taking part in the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. Action is scheduled to get underway at 8:30 a.m.

Lady Bucs Take Sixth at COFC Invite
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C.- The CSU women's cross country team returned to Charleston and picked up a sixth place finish at the College of Charleston Invitational, hosted by the Cougars at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island on Saturday. The Bucs had 153 points on the day.

The women's team was led by junior Adrienne Cuff who finished 19th with a time of 19:36. Junior Elosia Paredes was 34th in the field with a time of 20:12 followed closely by fellow junior Heidi Dean who finished the race at 20:20 and took 37th place.. Sophomore Mary Davidson rounded out the top 50 with a time of 21:26. Overall, CSU finished sixth out of eight teams.

Susanna McKee also competed, taking 54th place, while Yana Lostspeich took 60th. Ashlyn Kunda rounded out the Bucs competing with a 66th place finish.

Elon dominated the field with four runners taking the top four spots, with seven in the top ten.

CSU will take two weeks off from competition before participating in the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational Sep.24.

Bucs Take Fifth at COFC Invitational
JOHNS ISLAND S.C.:  The CSU men's cross country team saw improvements this weekend, finishing fifth overall at the College of Charleston Invitational hosted by the cross-town rival Cougars on Saturday at Trophy Lakes on John's Island.

Alex Solis led the Buccaneers with a 11th place finish and a time of 26:23. Freshman Tyre Hines finished 2oth at 27:31 and said the team is really excited about what they saw, "I think we did really well, the course is very difficult and we were unsure of how we would finish but after this race, we are confident that we can improve and look forward to the next meet," he commented. 

Scott Morrison finished the race in 28:37 good enough for 30th, while Michael Marshburn (29:01), Matt Smith (29:26), and Baxley Crosby (30:26) rounded out the top 50.

CSU finished the invitational 5th, with a combined time of 2:20:58.

The men will take two weeks off from competition before heading to the Will Wilson Invitational Sep. 24.

GWU Cross Country Has Strong Showing at Charlotte Duels Saturday Morning
Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Runnin' Bulldogs men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Charlotte Duels 5K race Saturday morning, with the men's race beginning at 9 a.m. and the women's race following immediately after at 9:30 a.m.

Gardner-Webb junior Ariel Zimmerman led the charge for the women's team, continuing her strong start to the 2011 season with a 10th place finish in a time of 19:28.48. Zimmerman's effort Saturday marks her second consecutive top-10 finish, including a 7th place showing last weekend at the UNC Invitational.

GWU senior Elizabeth Glunk was the second fastest Runnin' Bulldog at 21:20.73, followed by teammates Katie Spiro (22:14.19) and Cherish Richardson (22:14.37).

On the men's side, GWU sophomore Mike McClay, the reigning Big South Conference Runner of the Week, posted another top-5 finish this season, placing 5th in a time of 15:51.10. McClay won the men's 5K race at the UNC Invitational last weekend.

Josiah Stanton-Brooks followed with a 17th place finish for the Runnin' Bulldogs , running a time of 16:26.09. Sophomore Justin Loy (17:38.42) and Freshman Trey Cook (17:53.92) also ran the men's 5K race for Gardner-Webb Saturday morning.

GWU cross country will be back in action Friday, Sep. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Cary, N.C. at the adidas/Wolfpack Invitational.