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Cross Country Women Sixth, Men Fifth at Bloomsburg Invitational
09/16/2006

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — The Frostburg State women’s cross country team finished sixth and the men recorded fifth at the Bloomsburg Husky Invitational, Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcat women averaged 26:21.94 for the 6,000-meter course and finished behind four NCAA Division II programs and one Div. III school. A total of 10 teams competed on the women’s side.

Sophomore Jennifer Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) had the best showing, with a 15th-place finish in 25.16.00. Freshman Gwen Massey (Thorofare, N.J./West Deptford) recorded 17th (25:23.00) and junior Kara Wastler (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro (Hagerstown CC)) was 23rd (25:39.00).

Freshman Christina Aumand (Chesapeake Beach, Md./Huntingtown) finished fourth on the team and 45th overall with a time of 27:15.00. Rounding out the FSU top five was junior Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark), who finished 61st in 28:16.00.

The FSU men finished fifth out of seven teams and averaged 29:00.60 on the 8,000-meter course.

Junior Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) had an outstanding race, finishing second overall in 27:07.00. Senior Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was second on the squad and 20th overall in 28:35.00.

Senior Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) and junior Zach Gaudette (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) finished back-to-back, Parker captured 39th (29:35.00) and Gaudette was 40th (29:38.00). Rounding out the top five for Frostburg State was junior Chris Mead (Woodbine, Md./Century). He crossed the finish line in 47th with a time of 30:08.00.

“Curt had a very successful race for the men and Jennifer was solid for the women,” said Head Coach Randy Lowe. “I want to close the gap between our one and five runners for both the men’s and women’s team. Overall, I was pleased that our women finished behind four Division II schools and three points behind the top-finishing Division III program.”

Frostburg State returns to action this coming Friday at the NCAA Pre-National Championships with a select number of varsity runners.

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