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Men's Cross Country Places 12th at Dickinson Invitational
10/08/2002

Carlisle, Pa. — Freshman Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) and sophomore Ron Lipscomb (Avilton, Md./Southern Garrett) helped the Frostburg State men’s cross country team to a 12th-place overall finish out of 21 teams in the Dickinson College Long/Short Course Invitational Saturday.

Bittinger’s 28:26 paced the Bobcats in the 8,000-meter event, while Lipscomb’s 14:07 led the FSU men in the 4,000-meter race.

The event featured two separate races for both the women and the men. In the unusual format, only three runners scored for each team instead of the usual top five. The finishes for the two events were averaged to compile the team’s final overall placing.

Freshman Robert Wilson (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) finished second for Frostburg State and 35th overall the long course in 28:45. Junior Mike Replogle (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) placed third for the Bobcats and 39th overall with his 28:50 posting.

In the short-course race, sophomore Kevin Ripple (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) and junior Brian Gallagher (Burke, Va./East Lake Hall (Fla.)) finished second and third respectively for FSU. Ripple crossed the finish line 67th overall in 14:20, with Gallagher taking 80th in 14:32.

Dan Princic of Allegheny (Pa.) bested the field of 166 runners in the 4,000-meter event in a time of 12:45, while La Roche's Andrew Musinguzi won the 131-runner, 8,000-meter event in 26:55.

Allegheny (Pa.) claimed both the 4,000-meter and overall titles, while Widener totaled 14 points to take the team victory in the long-course event.

"Our runners competed very well today,” said FSU second-year head coach Randy Lowe. "As the pieces come together for the big meets at the end of the season, we are going to surprise some teams."

The Bobcats return to action in the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships on Saturday, October 19th in Williamsburg, Va.

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