Lebanon Valley, PA -
Both the Frostburg State University men’s and women’s cross country teams finished eighth at the 20-team Lebanon Valley College Invitational Saturday.
Junior Mike Replogle (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) ran the 7,800-meter course in 27:28.87 to pace the Bobcat men. Replogle finished 27th overall out of a field of 187.
Freshman Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) finished second for the Bobcats and 38th overall with a posting of 27:54.03.
Sophomore John Densmore (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) finished 46th overall and third for the FSU men in 28:14.68. Frostburg State’s fourth-place finisher, freshman Robert Wilson (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill), ran the course in 28:49.61, good for 60th overall.
Sophomore Jonathan Masse (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) rounded out the Bobcat scoring with a fifth-place finish in 28:56.64.
Second-year coach Randy Lowe was pleased with the times of Replogle, Bittinger and Densmore.
"Our top three ran great races," Lowe said, "and Wilson made a huge breakthrough today."
The Frostburg State women were once again paced by seior Inga Olsen (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin). She finished the 5,835-meter course in 25:29.49 to place 47th overall.
Freshmen Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery), with a time of 26:00.14, and Sarah Valenta (Frostburg, Md./Homeschool), who finished the course in 26:22.39, placed 63rd and 70th respectively.
Juniors Katy Eads (West Point, Iowa/ Central Lee) and Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) capped off the scoring for the Bobcats placing 82nd and 92nd overall. Eads finished with a time of 26:46.28, while Sauder crossed the finish line at 26:59.24.
"Olsen and Kilkus were solid today," said Lowe. "Valenta showed promise; she’s upped the bar for herself."
Lowe was thrilled with his squads' overall performances.
"Our plan was to run an intelligent race; we wanted to start smart and finish strong. At the two-mile point for the women and the three-mile marker for the men, we really wanted to pick up the pace. Our runners followed our plan to perfection."
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, September 28th at the Salisbury University Invitational in Salisbury, Md.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303