— Frostburg State junior Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South)
paced the mens cross country team to an 18th place finish in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon, while the women finished 21st.
Ruble’s time of 26:48 was a career best for him in the Regional Championships. Last year, he finshed the race in 48th place in 27:19 and in 2004 he crossed the line in 27:28, for 51st place.
With his outstanding performance, Ruble earned All-Region honors and qualified himself for next weekends NCAA Championships, which will be hosted by Wilmington College, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“He has worked very hard and consistently for three years and really has earned this honor,” said head coach Randy Lowe.
Junior Zach Gaudette (Queenstown, Md./Kent Island) was the second finisher for the Bobcat men, finishing in 29:21, for 115th place, while sophomore Brian Leiter (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key) and senior Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) finished close behind, in 118th and 123rd places respectivley.
On the women’s side, junior Kara Wastler (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro (Hagerstown CC) crossed in 57th place, with a time of 25:40, while teammate Jennifer Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) finished seven seconds later, in 62nd place.
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