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ASU Men, Samford Women Take Cross Country Titles
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/31/2009
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ELON, N.C. - The Appalachian State men and Samford women claimed the team titles at the 2009 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships at Elon University in Elon, N.C. on Saturday.

The Mountaineer men had four finishers in the top 10 to win their fifth consecutive men's team title with 44 points. Senior Phil Mitchell placed fourth overall followed by sophomore Sean Soderman in sixth, senior Alec Meyer in seventh and senior Josh Houser in 10th.

The Davidson men finished second with 82 points. The Wildcats were led by senior Lance Harden who finished third overall.

Chattanooga junior Emmanuel Kirwa won the men's individual title with a time of 25.00.38 on the 8K course. The Mocs finished fourth.

UNC Greensboro sophomore Mike Koech came in second with a time of 25:03.59. The Spartans finished third, with only one point separating them from second place Davidson.

The Bulldog women had two finishers in the top 10 and four in the top 20 to win the women's team title with 74 points. Junior Hillary Neal came in fourth overall followed by junior Ina Ables at fifth. Sophomore Andrea Seccafien finished 18th and senior Jessica Van Ausdall came in at 19th.

Samford won its first title in only its second appearance at the championships.

The Elon women placed second with 75 points. The Phoenix were led by senior Caitlin Beeler who finished seventh.

Appalachian State freshman Brittney Caudle won the women's individual title with a time of 17:47.32 on the 5K course. The Mountaineer women placed third with 83 points.

Furman sophomore Chloe Kowalski finished second with a time of 18:04.39.

Appalachian State head coach Mike Curcio was honored as the Men's Coach of the Year. Kirwa was named the Men's Runner of the Year and Wofford's Trey Parker picked up Freshman of the Year honors with his time of 26:04.19.

Samford head coach Rod Tiffin was named the Women's Coach of the Year. Caudle was honored as both the Women's Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year .

Full results from the meets can be viewed by clicking on the links above.

The 2010 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships will be held in Boone, N.C. on October 30, 2010.

Team Scores - Men
1. Appalachian State              44
2. Davidson                           82
3. UNC Greensboro                83
4. Chattanooga                      109
5. Elon                                   134
6. Furman                              146
7. Western Carolina                158
8. College of Charleston         203
9. The Citadel                         218
10. Samford                           261
11. Wofford                           276

Team Scores - Women
1. Samford                            74
2. Elon                                   75
3. Appalachian State              83
4. Furman                              93
5. Davidson                           110
6. Chattanooga                      134
7. UNC Greensboro                138
8. Western Carolina                168
9. College of Charleston         254
10. Wofford                           289
11. Georgia Southern              319
12. The Citadel                       357

All-SoCon First Team - Men
1. Emmanuel Kirwa - Junior - Chattanooga
2. Mike Koech - Sophomore - UNC Greensboro
3. Lance Harden - Senior - Davidson
4. Phil Mitchell - Senior - Appalachian State
5. Joey Thompson - Sophomore - UNC Greensboro
6. Sean Soderman - Sophomore - Appalachian State
7. Alec Meyer - Senior - Appalachian State

All-SoCon First Team - Women
1. Brittney Caudle - Freshman - Appalachian State
2. Chloe Kowalski - Sophomore - Furman
3. Anneli Uys - Junior - Chattanooga
4. Hillary Neal - Junior - Samford
5. Ina Ables - Junior - Samford
6. Heather Stuive - Freshman - Chattanooga
7. Caitlin Beeler - Senior - Elon

All-SoCon Second Team - Men
8. Ryan Hopkins - Sophomore - Davidson
9. Charlie McGoogan - Junior - Furman
10. Josh Houser - Senior - Appalachian State
11. Matthew Richardson - Junior - Elon
12. Josey Weaver - Sophomore - Western Carolina
13. Stephen Hammond - Senior - Western Carolina
14. Andy Clyne - Junior - UNC Greensboro

All-SoCon Second Team - Women
8. Sherrika Jordan - Senior - UNC Greensboro
9. Natalie Atabek - Freshman - Davidson
10. Emily Fournier - Junior - Elon
11. Brittany Johnson - Senior - Furman
12. Danielle Ruggieri - Junior - Davidson
13. Katie Booker - Senior - Appalachian State
14. Heather Conarroe - Junior - Davidson

All-SoCon Freshman Team - Men
18. Trey Parker - Wofford
19. Burk Staub - Appalachian State
21. Nolan Clark - Western Carolina
23. Brian Graves - Appalachian State
29. Kyle McLarty - Chattanooga
30. Demetrios Pagonis - Davidson
33. Mark Cole - Chattanooga

All-SoCon Freshman Team - Women
1. Brittney Caudle - Appalachian State
6. Heather Stuive - Chattanooga
9. Natalie Atabek - Davidson
15. Morgan Denecke - Elon
22. Sullivan Parkes - Elon
23. Trinity Foreman - Appalachian State
24. Mara Smith - Western Carolina

Coach of the Year - Men
Mike Curcio - Appalachian State

Coach of the Year - Women
Rod Tiffin - Samford

Runner of the Year - Men
Emmanuel Kirwa - Chattanooga

Runner of the Year - Women
Brittney Caudle - Appalachian State

Freshman of the Year - Men
Trey Parker - Wofford

Freshman of the Year - Women
Brittney Caudle - Appalachian State

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