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Friday's cross country roundup
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/12/2018
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Wofford's men's cross country team
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Cross Country Closes Out Regular Season with HPU VertCross Invite

Kernersville, N.C. – UNCG cross country finished fourth for both the men and women in the HPU VertCross Invite Friday evening at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex.

Kaitlyn Stone was the top finisher for the Blue and Gold on the women’s side placing 10th followed by Taylor Delaney in 19th. Ariana Garcia was three spots behind, and Alycia Higgins (34th) and Holly Mordoff (43rd) rounded out the top-five for the Spartans.

“Kait had an encouraging performance heading into the Southern Conference Championships, and overall the top-three gave solid performances,” said head coach Chad Pearson. “Ariana had a nice bounce back race from the Louisville Sports Commission XC Classic. Moving towards the conference championships we will be looking to improve our spread from one to five.”

Luke Sumerford led the men in the field for a 16th place finish. Thomas Knepshield followed for 30th place, and Brandon Hernandez came in 35th. Dylan Christopher (40th) and Dalton Miles (45th) were the other two Spartans in their top-five.

“We were pleased with the way the men started and their ability to gain good position,” said Pearson. “We were also happy to see some of our freshmen step up and overall better pack running as a team. We’re excited to get back to work leading into the next two weeks.”

UNCG will be off next week and return to action Saturday, Oct. 27 at the SoCon Championships in Cullowhee, N.C.

Wofford Cross Country Competes At Royals Cross Country Challenge

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College men's and women's cross country teams competed on Friday afternoon at the Royals Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte, hosted by Queens University at McAlpine Creek Park. Hannah Steelman won the women's race by setting a new school record.

The women's 5K race began the event and Hannah Steelman took first place with a time of 16:26 to lower her school record by twelve seconds. Mary Stewart Wilson was the next Terrier to cross the finish line in 18:35, followed by Jamie Barnett (18:38), Sommer McKenzie (18:40), and Shannon McAndrew (18:46). Also competing were Rebeka Fadgyas, Madison Paraskeva, Mia Giradi, Anna Lyles, Whitley Elsass, Ashley McCreary and Anastasia Burroughs.

The men's 8K followed and Jack Zemp led the Terriers in a time of 25:15 to place 56th. He was followed by Ford McCoy (26:21), Ben Boatwright (26:44), Beck Classey (26:45), and Jack Moody (26:55). Walker Gibbs, Dane Szalwinski and Nick Butler also competed for the Terriers.

The races featured nearly 50 institutions from Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, JUCO, and USCAA. Division I teams included College of Charleston, Davidson, Furman, Liberty, UNC Charlotte and USC Upstate. The Wofford women were 7th out of 45 teams, while the men were 22nd out of 43 teams.

Both the men's and women's teams will compete next at the Southern Conference Championship on Saturday, October 27 at Western Carolina.

Men Place Sixth, Women Seventh at VertCross Invite

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Competing in their final tuneup race before the SoCon Championship in two weeks, the VMI cross country teams showed well in preparation as the men place sixth and the women seventh in their respective races Friday evening in High Point, North Carolina.

Logan Luckett paced the women in their 5k race with a 23rd-place finish time of 19:14 and was pursued closely by teammate Anna Armfield, who came in 29th place in 19:27. Freshman Sara Belamarich finished third for the Keydets in 19:49 (40th), while Kathleen Yates (55th, 20:11) and Emily Hattman (65th, 20:32) also score team points for VMI. Isabela Melendez also competed for the Keydets, finishing in 21:59.
The App State women came in first in the race with 28 points ahead of host High Point’s 53. Campbell (92) and UNCG (118). Charleston Southern (146) and ETSU (175) also placed just ahead of the Keydets’ 183 points. 

In the men’s 8K race, Davone Hernandez again led the Keydets by placing fifth in the field in 25:25. Gavin Jenkins has been a consistent second runner for VMI this season and placed 23rd in today’s race in 26:33. Andre Jordan (46th, 27:15) and Walt Kitson (52nd, 27:28) finished third and fourth for the Keydets, respectively, while senior Kyle Sabourin also scored team points with his 64th-place mark of 27:48.

Zach Lauster, Kellen Reeves, Ian Irizarry Negron and Jack Ryan also competed for the Keydets.

ETSU finished first in the men’s race with 36 points while Coastal Carolina placed second with 84. App State (94), UNCG (138) and Marshall rounded out the top five just ahead of the Keydets’ 155 points. VMI placed ahead of Louisburg, High Point, NC A&T, Radford and a host of other schools. Read more.   

ETSU Men Cruise to Crown at High Point Invite, Women Strong in Sixth-Place Showing

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – In a season full of good weekends for ETSU Cross Country, Friday may have marked their best, with the men pulling away from the field to make it two consecutive years with a meet title, while the women set the tone with consistency at the HPU VertCross Invitational.

Running the final race of the day, the ETSU men sent Adam Bradtmueller (Sarasota, Fla.), Noah Charles (Johnson City, Tenn.), Gavin Cooper (LaFollette, Tenn.), James Garst (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Malick Gemechu (Johnson City, Tenn.), Zach Johnson (Kingsport, Tenn.), Louis Morris (Knoxville, Tenn.), Ben O'Connor (Statesville, N.C.), Carl Oberfeitinger (Kingsport, Tenn.), Matt Scarr (Wambersal, Australia), Nathan Longfellow (Cookeville, Tenn.), Josh Routh (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Ben Varghese (Kingsport, Tenn.) to the 8K course at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex, and would see seven of the 13 finish in the top 20 of the 157 competing runners. Varghese led the way with another third-place finish, making it 4-for-4 in top-threes this season, Gemechu crossed just one spot behind Varghese, Bradtmueller finished eighth, Charles rounded out the top 10 with Scarr, Garst and Routh also amongst the first 20 to complete the meet.

With the team win, one that saw ETSU’s 36 points a full 48 better than second-place Coastal Carolina, 58 to the good of third-place Appalachian State, and 102 clear of a Southern Conference foe and fourth-place UNCG, the Bucs have now finished in the top five as a team 13 of their last 14 events, including the other win in this tremendous streak, 2017’s USC Upstate Invite.

On the women’s side, Addison Aguilar (Clovis, Calif.), Lindsay Bruce (Knoxville, Tenn.), Mia DePillo (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Shila Kapaya (Knoxville, Tenn.), Emily Lord (Morristown, Tenn.), Jessica Lord (Morristown, Tenn.), Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), Makayla Shaw (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Hannah Sokol (Kingsport, Tenn.), Lindsey Stallworth (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Colbie Williamson (Clyde, N.C.) represented what would be a complete team effort that pushed ETSU into the top-third of finishers in Kernersville, logging a sixth-place result on the day.

Setting the pace for the Bucs was Schwarz, who now has two top 30 finishes in as many attempts this season after a 28th-place result Friday. Schwarz was followed closely by Stallworth, who finished just two spots back of her freshman teammate, and all told ETSU put six in the top 60 of the 168 runners that took on the 5K.

Winning on the women’s side was Appalachian State, edging the hosts High Point, Campbell rounding out the top three. Individually, High Point’s Famke Heinst made sure the home squad wouldn’t go home empty-handed, running a 17:35.02 to win the event by a staggering 43 seconds, while the men’s individual race had a family feel hailing from halfway across the globe, with South African brothers Nadeel and

Adriaan Wildschutt proving their long journeys worthwhile, finishing first and second for the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina.

As for ETSU, Watts now prepares his men and women for the biggest meet of the season to date, with two weeks of preparation coming before October 27th’s Southern Conference Championship run in Cullowhee, N.C.

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