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Saturday's Cross Country Roundup
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Release: 09/30/2017
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Furman Men Second, Women Third at Louisville Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 12th-ranked Furman cross country men finished second, while the 29th-ranked Paladin women were third Saturday at the 16th Annual Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.  The course is the site of this year’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, which will be held Nov. 18.

Top-ranked North Arizona won the men’s meet with 19 points, followed by Furman with 74 points.  No. 24 Virginia Tech placed third with 112 points.

Junior Aaron Templeton led the Paladins with a seventh place finish after completing the 8K course in 23:40.07, and senior Josh Brickell was 13th with a time of 23:44.98.  Sophomore Mason Coppi posted a time of 23:55.20 for 17th place, followed closely by senior Tanner Hinkle in 19th place at 23:55.75.  Senior Troy Reeder completed the Paladin scorers, finishing 21st at 24:02.04.  Read More

Catamounts Take Fifth at USC Upstate Invite

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Both the Western Carolina men’s and women’s cross country teams took fifth at the 2017 Upstate Invite Saturday morning. Junior Christina Nikolaou took over the top spot for the Catamounst for the first time this season as she placed 16th overall in the women’s 5k race with a time of 18:37.4 which ranks as the 21st fastest 5k time in program history.

Sophomore Shawnda Martin was next to cross for the women as she took 25th overall after stopping the clock at 18:48.8.

Sophomores Isaiah Hanna and Justin Tucker led the way for the men as they finished 34th and 35th, respectively. Hanna completed the 8k course in 26:55.6 while Tucker came in at 26:58.4. Fellow sophomore Tyler Robakiewicz took the third spot for WCU as he placed 45th overall after stopping the clock at 27:19.7. Read More

Opp Takes First Place at Will Wilson Citadel Invitational

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel's cross country teams hosted the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational at James Island County Park in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday, Sept. 30.


The women's 5,000 meters took off at 9:00 a.m. and The Citadel's Amber Opp, a freshman from Morgantown, N.C., won first place with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds. This marks Opp's first win individually and her third consecutive race as the first Bulldog to cross the finish line. The Bulldogs also had two other cadet-athletes finish in the top-5 for the women: senior Grace Jenkins finished third overall with a time of 19:25.50, and freshman Casey Miller took fourth place with a time of 19:29.40. Read More

Mercer Women, Men Finish Sixth, Eighth in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Mercer women’s and men’s cross country teams finished sixth and eighth, respectively, at the USC Upstate Invite on Saturday morning at the Milliken Research Center in Spartanburg.

The women’s sixth-place finish came in an 11-team field as they totaled 1:36.58 and 160 points on the 5K. ETSU (1:31.56), Appalachian State (1:32.11), Campbell (1:33.46), Coastal Carolina (1:34.56) and Western Carolina (1:36.52) finished ahead of Mercer.

Ania Grzeszczak was Mercer’s top finisher – men’s or women’s – with an 18-minute, 42.9-second finish that earned her 21st-place in the women’s 5K. She was followed by Courtney Czerniak (19:05.7) and Kimmie Whiting (19:23.7), who finished 37th and 44th to round out the women’s top-50 finishers. Read More

Wofford Competes at USC Upstate Invite

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College men's and women's cross country teams competed on Saturday morning at the USC Upstate Invitational. The men finished third overall, while the women were tenth in a highly competitive field that included four SoCon schools.
 
The women's 5k began the morning. The Terriers' top runners did not compete, as they raced the previous two weekends. Madison Paraskeva finished first for Wofford in 19:06.04, followed by McKenzie Sommer in 19:54.0. Jamie Barnett (20:18.0), Alexandra Christopoulos (21:15.0) and Anastasia Burroughs (22:01.03) also scored for the Terriers. Read More

ETSU Sweepts USC Upstate Invite

SPARTANBURG, S.C.  – ETSU’s cross country teams began the “stretch run” of their 2017 season in the best way, sweeping the women’s and men’s championships at the USC Upstate Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday.

Running the same course that will host the Southern Conference Championship meet in less than a month, each ETSU squad bested runner-up Appalachian State – the men by 21 points and the women on a tiebreaker. Read More

VMI Competes at Mason Invitational

LEESBURG, Va. - Jahanzib Shahbaz finished 18th overall, helping the VMI men's cross country team finish sixth at the Mason Invitational, contested Saturday morning in Leesburg, Va.

For the third straight race, Shahbaz led the Keydets, this time with a 26:25 time over the course that measured just under 8K. Shahbaz became only the second Keydet since 2011 to lead the men's team in three straight races, joining Jay Broom, who led the team in four straight events at the conclusion of last season. Read More

Mocs Third, Fourth at Greater Louisville Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Emily Poole placed third Saturday morning at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic to lead the women to a fourth place finish in the Blue Division. Sophomore transfer Ryan Gebelein led the men to a third place finish in the 8K at the EP "Tom" Sawyer Park.
 
"We had a couple of breakout performances today," Chattanooga head coach Andy Meyer said. "Ryan Gebelein set a PR to lead the men's team and Emily Pool was 28 seconds faster here than last year at this race. Both had outstanding runs against a very fast field."
 
Poole, a transfer from Dalton State, covered the course in a time of 17:59.18, edging Detroit's Sydnie Fetherolf by less than one second for third. As a member of the Roadrunners, she has run at this race two times before. Read More

Bulldogs Compete in Greater Louisville Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Samford men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Louisville to continue their 2017 campaign by competing in the Louisville Classic Saturday morning.
 
The Bulldogs finished 11th out of 37 Division I teams on the women's side. The team's top 15 finish was a spot behind Virginia Tech while Vanderbilt and Auburn finished right behind the Bulldogs at 16th and 17th, respectively. Boise State took home the title followed by a second place finish from Wisconsin and a third place finish from Furman.
 
On the men's side, Samford took home a 22nd-place finish out of 30 Division I schools. For the men, Northern Arizona took home the title followed by Furman who finished second, followed by a third place finish from Virginia Tech. Read More

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