FROSTBURG, Md. -
The Bobcats are coming off their fifth-straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title and eighth in the league’s nine-year existence. This season however, will be a test for FSU with the graduation of three runners and the addition of seven freshman.
Frostburg State head coach Randy Lowe will lean on senior Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) and junior Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) to help carry the team this season as well as provide leadership to the younger runners.
Watson was an All-AMCC selection last fall after placing fifth at the AMCC Championships and 79th (27:55) at the NCAA Mid-East Regionals. He then went on to capture first place in the one-mile run (indoor) and the 5,000-meter run (outdoor) at the Mason-Dixon Conference Chamspionships during the track and field season.
Ruble was the AMCC runner-up last year after being named the Runner of the Year as a freshman. Ruble posted a fourth-place finish (27:31) at the Lebanon Valley Invitational last fall and was 48th (27:19) at the NCAA Mid-East Regionals.
Senior Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) will look to become an All-AMCC selection this season after placing 17th (29:54) at the conference championships last season. In the spring, he was named to the 2005-06 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Faculty Representative All-Academic Team.
Junior Zachary Gaudette (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) was an All-AMCC selection last season and will look to improve on his 2005 finish where he took home tenth (29:17) at the league championships.
Sophomore Brian Leiter (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) should make a big impact for the Bobcats if he regains his health after missing the preseason with an injury. In 2005, he captured 11th (29:26) at the AMCC Championships.
Coach Lowe is also couting on some of the freshman to step up and and contribuite right away.
Freshman Cory Smith (Piedmont, W.Va./Keyser) has the potential to be an All-AMCC runner this year as he continues to show improvement throughout the preseason.
Freshmen Dustin Eagle (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and Vance Thompson (Mt. Airy, Md./Urbana) should also help contribute to the Bobcats this fall.
Eagle and Thompson come to Frostburg from schools steeped in traditon.
Freshmen Marc Abe (Frostburg, Md./Beall) and Michael Negley (Frostburg, Md./Beall) are local products who were members of two state team championships while at Beall.
The Frostburg state women should battle for the AMCC title with help of several talented newcomers and the return of two all-conference selections.
Junior Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark), a two-time All-AMCC selection, is coming off an injury that kept her from competing in track and field last spring. If she has recovered fully she should once again finish in the top ten at the league championships.
Sophomore Jennifer Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) is the top returning runner for the Bobcats in 2006. She earned all-conference honors last season after pacing the team with a third-place finish (25:56) last fall. This season her goal is to become an All-Region runner by placing 35th or better at the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships.
Sophomore Megan Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) is aiming for a top-10 finish at this season’s AMCC Championships after placing 16th (28:35) a year ago.
Sophomore Samantha Dobish (Frederick, Md./Frederick) is the only other returning runner for the Bobcat women. She is a hard worker and looks to improve on her 38th place (33:24) finish at the league championships last season.
Junior Kara Wastler (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro (Hagerstown CC)) is a transfer from Hagerstown Community College. She was a three-time All-American runner in the distance medley relay (once) and the one-mile run (twice). She is a talented middle-distance runner who will compete for one of the top spots at the AMCC Championship meet.
Freshman Gwen Massey (Thorofare, N.J./West Deptford) is a an accomplished runner and she is very goal oriented. Massey is the school record holder at West Deptford in the 800-meter run (2:19.00) and she was the Gloucester County (N.J.) Champion in that same event.
Freshman Christina Aumund (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) is a long distance specialist who should compete for one of the top sports on the FSU squad.
The 2006 cross country schedule will test both squads early on as the Bobcats travel to back-to-back NCAA Division II meets to open the season. The first weekend is a tri-meet with Shippensburg and Hagerstown CC and the second meet is the Bloomsburg Invitational that consists of schools mainly from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
FSU also travels to Dickinson for the Long-Short Invitational and to the Gettysburg Invitational. Both meets will show FSU where they rank among the teams in the region.
This year, Frostburg State travels to Lake Erie for the AMCC Championships before heading to Waynesburg College for the NCAA Div. III Mideast Regional Championships.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303