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Women's Cross Country Captures Second Straight AMCC Title
11/07/2003

BRADFORD, PA — The Frostburg State women's cross country team captured its second straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship and its six title in the league's seven-year history last Saturday at Pitt-Bradford.

The victory came in an usual way, however, as the top six runners at the meet were disqualified for not completing the prescribed course.

Five runners were from Penn State Behrend, costing the individuals and the team a chance for the title.

"They made a wrong turn at a confusing juncture on the course and by rule were disqualified," explained FSU head coach Randy Lowe.

"It was a very unfortunate situation for those runners involved, and no team wants to win a title that way. Penn State Behrend's women have been ranked in the the top 10 in the region all year, and it would be good for our conference that they continue their strong season at the regional championship meet."

The Bobcats scored 25 points to outdistance Penn State Altoona, which finished with 37 points. Lake Erie (84), Pitt-Bradford (100) and Pitt-Greensburg (103) rounded out the top five.

Penn State Behrend, Hilbert and La Roche did not score as a team.

Senior Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) won the individual title with a time of 25:35, while sophomore Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was third in 26:29.

Freshman Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) placed fourth (26:52), freshman Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) finished sixth (27:21) and freshman Michelle Carlquist (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) was 17th (29:48) in the 42-runner field.

Sauder was named to the All-AMCC team for the fourth straight year, while Kilkus, Axman and Kurtz were also named to the all-conference squad.

"We needed solid performances from all five of our runners, and they all got the job done," said Lowe. "Beth ran a great race, while Sheila had a break-through performance. We're looking to continue our improvement at the regional meet and finish the season on a positive note."

Frostburg State returns to action in the NCAA Mid-East Regional Championship meet to be held November 15 at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

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