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Cross Country Men Sixth, Women Tenth At Dickinson Long-Short Invitational
10/07/2006

CARLISLE, Pa. — Junior Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) and sophomore Jennifer Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) led the Frostburg State men’s and women’s cross country teams at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational, Saturday afternoon.

Both squads had their choice of entering two races. The men’s squad ran the 8,000-meter course and didn’t enter the 6,000-meter race while the women competed in the 6,000-meter race and chose to bypass the 4,000-meter race.

In each competition, the top three individuals count towards the team scores, however, the FSU squads had to enter both races to count in the final team standings.

In the 8,000-meter race, the Bobcat men captured sixth place led by Ruble who finish second overall in 26:19.10. Senior Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was 20th (27:22.13) and classmate Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) finished in 51st (28:34.70).

Junior Zach Gaudette (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) was fourth on the team and 53rd overall with a time of 28:38.60 while sophomore Brian Leiter (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) landed in 55th in 28:41.83.

"Our plan for the race was for our three through ten runners to begin somewhat more conservatively and run as a pack for as long as possible behind Ruble and Watson,” said head coach Randy Lowe. “The men followed the plan well and as a result, nine of our 10 runners in the 8,000-meter race ran personal bests."

Patton led the women to a 10th-place finish in the 6,000-meter race, recording 36th overall (24:42.85). Junior Kara Wastler (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro (Hagerstown CC)) was 38th (24:45.57) and freshman Gwen Massey (Thorofare, N.J./West Deptford) rounded out the top three with a 51st-place finish (25:03.07).

Freshman Christina Aumand (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) was fourth for the Bobcats and 81st overall (26:15.59) and sophomore Megan Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) was fifth on the team and 127th overall (29:58.14).

“We had a similar race plan for the women as the men, with our top three running together,” stated Lowe. “The women went out a little faster than we had planned for the first mile, and paid for it a bit in the third mile. Nonetheless, the women still ran a strong race.”

“All in all, today was an important momentum building day for our young team and we look forward to building upon it at Gettysburg next week,” added Lowe.

Frostburg State returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Gettysburg College Invitational.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu