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Cross Country Teams Open Seasons With Strong Performances at Shippensburg
09/04/2004

SHIPPENSBURG, PA — Both the Frostburg State men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons with strong performances Saturday against Shippensburg, one of the top Division II programs in the nation.

On the men’s side, the Bobcats finished third out of three teams with 77 points. Host Shippensburg won the six-kilometer meet with 27 points, while the Shippensburg Alumni team placed second with 28 points.

Freshman Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) paced FSU with a 13th-place finish in 20:44. Junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) was 17th in 21:04, while sophomore Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was 18th in 21:08.

Freshman Zach Gaudette (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) finished 25th in 21:41, and sophomore Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) capped FSU’s scoring with his 27th-place showing in 21:45.

Shippensburg’s Allen Pryde won the individual men’s title in 19:21.

On the women’s side, Shippensburg scored 21 points to get past the Bobcats, who totaled 37 points, in a four-kilometer race.

FSU sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) finished third in an impressive 16:34. Shippensburg alumna Kelly Stewart, a former track All-American, won the women’s title in 15:17, while current Red Raider Lindsey Govern, a potential Division II national qualifier, was second in 15:54.

Bobcat junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was ninth in 17:31, while freshman Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) was 10th in 17:33.

Sophomore Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) placed 14th in 18:22, and sophomore Sarah Morton (Swanton, Md./ Westmar) finished 19th in 25:41.

"Our goal was to see where we are, and we’re way ahead of last year," said fourth-year head coach Randy Lowe. "Our men’s one-to-five gap was 64 seconds, a big improvement over the two-and-a-half-minute gap here last season. On the women’s side, Bonnie ran an incredible race. She’s supremely fit and ready to go."

Frostburg State returns to action Saturday, September 11 at the Lebanon Valley 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