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Cross Country Teams Finish 10th at Lebanon Valley Invitational
09/13/2003

FT. INDIANTOWN GAP, PA — Both the Frostburg State men's and women's cross country teams posted 10th-place finishes at the Lebanon Valley College Invitational Saturday.

The Bobcat men scored 281 points, while the women recorded 283 points. Messiah won the men's team title with 39 points, and Dickinson captured the women's team crown with 36 points.

Sophomore Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) led the men with a 39th-place showing in 28:09.80, while junior Mike Replogle (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) was 48th in 28:22.05.

Freshmen Scott Yanus (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) and Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) were solid, finishing 72nd and 73rd, respectively. Yanus ran the 8,050-meter course in 29:08.57, and Parker set a personal record with a time of 29:08.95.

Freshman Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was 80th overall (29:24.99), followed by junior Ron Lipscomb (Avilton, Md./Northern Garrett) in 81st (29:25.81).

Freshmen Jeremy Pennewell (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur), Stephen Forsha (Rockville, Md./Magruder) and Chris Romer (Silver Spring, Md./James Hubert Blake) were 94th (29:53.22), 95th (29:53.55) and 97th (29:59.70), respectively. All times were personal records.

Senior Kevyn Allgeier (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) rounded out the Bobcat field with his 117th-place finish in 30:25.41.

"This is a tough course on a good day, and the slow and muddy conditions made things that much more difficult," said FSU head coach Randy Lowe, whose squad competed without its top runner, sophomore Ed May (Bryantown, Md./La Plata), due to injury. "We picked up a lot of places throughout the race, but we got out to a slow start which really hurt. We need to focus on being more competitive right from the start."

The Bobcat women were again paced by freshman Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson), who finished 29th with a time of 21:32.44. Senior Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) was 65th in 22:26.87, while sophomore Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was 68th in 22:30.71.

Freshman Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) placed 99th in 23:38.88, and fellow freshman Tiffany McPhatter (Lanham, Md./Central) was 116th in a personal-best 24:15.68.

"All three freshmen ran well, led by Axman, who showed the competitive spirit we're looking for," Lowe added. "We need more from Sauder and Kilkus in our upcoming meets, but there is plenty of time. We're focusing on the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships in November."

The Bobcats return to action September 27 at the Lock Haven 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