ANNVILLE, PA —
The Frostburg State men’s cross country team finished sixth out of 21 teams at the Lebanon Valley Invitational Saturday.
Freshman Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) paced FSU for the second straight week, finishing 15th in 27:45.48 to earn a medal.
Sophomore Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) turned in a time of 28:30.30 to place 33rd, a drastic improvement on his 80th-place showing last year.
Sophomore Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) finished 40th in 28:37.71, senior Jonathan Masse (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) was 52nd in 28:59 and freshman Chris Negley (Frostburg, Md./Beall) placed 56th in 29:04.13.
The Bobcats scored 181 points, an improvement of 124 points from last year.
Christopher Newport won the men’s title with 58 points, Dickinson was second with 70 points and Lynchburg was third with 76 points. Mary Washington (94) and Messiah (157) rounded out the top five.
FSU’s performance was even more impressive considering their top three runners did not score.
Junior Ed May (Bryantown, Md./La Plata) missed the meet due to illness, senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) was rusty in his first meet of the year (64th in 29:25.00) and junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) ran the final three miles with an injury.
"We ran very, very well, especially without our top three," said FSU Head Coach Randy Lowe. "We had our first award winner in this meet in the last four years, and 11 men finished in 30:04 or better, something we’ve never done here."
Sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) led the Bobcat women with a 23rd-place finish in 21:04.22. She passed five runners over the last half mile and improved on her 29th-place showing from a year ago.
Junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was 62nd in 22:21.94, and freshman Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) was 85th in 23:00.99.
The Bobcats competed with just three of the required five runners and therefore did not place in the women’s team standings.
"Bonnie ran incredibly well, Carolyn improved by six places from last year and Katie had a good showing in a top Division III meet," Lowe added. "We did a lot of things well today, and we’re looking forward to the Allegheny meet in two weeks."
Frostburg State returns to action Saturday, September 25 at the Allegeny College Classic in Meadville, Pa. The same course will be used for the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional Championships November 13.
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