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Men's Cross Country Finishes Ninth at NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships
11/13/2004

MEADVILLE, PA — The Frostburg State men’s cross country team finished ninth out of 34 teams at the NCAA Division III Mid-East RegionalChampionships Saturday at Allegheny College.

It is FSU’s first top-10 finish at the regional meet since placing seventh in 1999 and a strong improvement over last season’s 18th-place showing.

Senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) led the Bobcats, finishing 40th out of 249 runners in a personal-record 27:10. He just missed earning All-Region honors by five spots.

Freshman Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) placed 51st with a time of 27:28, while sophomore Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) finished 55th in 27:31, shattering his personal best by 28 seconds.

Junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) was 95th in 28:12 and freshman Lee McCloskey (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) was 98th in a personal-best 28:14.

Senior Kevin Ripple (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) finished 111th in 28:27, while freshman Chris Negley (Frostburg, Md./Beall) placed 115th in 28:29. Both times were personal records.

Haverford won the men’s title with 53 points, followed by Elizabethtown (88), Allegheny (115) and Carnegie Mellon (115). Widener sophomore Macharia Yuot won the individual title with a time of 25:35.

On the women’s side, Frostburg State ran four of the required five runners and did not place in the team standings.

Sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) finished 61st out of 259 runners in a time of 24:30. Junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was 120th in 25:35, while freshman Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) was 129th in 25:51.

Sophomore Sarah Morton (Swanton, Md./ Westmar) placed 253rd in 31:52, over a three-minute improvement on her previous personal best.

Allegheny won the women’s title with a score of 99 points. Desales senior Gina Lucrezi captured the individual title in a time of 22:00.

“Our men had two specific goals this season — to win the AMCC championship and to finish in the top 10 at the regional meet, and we accomplished both despite losing some key upperclassmen due to injuries and illness,” said fourth-year head coach Randy Lowe.

“I’m very proud of the whole team’s work ethic and commitment to a healthy lifestyle. We’re doing what we need to do to move closer to the top of the region.”

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