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Cross Country Enjoys Strong Performances at Tough Lock Haven Invitational

LOCK HAVEN, PA — The Frostburg State men's and women's cross country teams enjoyed strong performances at the tough Lock Haven Invitational Saturday.

The Bobcat men scored 446 points to place 16th out of 16 teams, while the FSU women did not place in the team standings because they competed with only four runners, one short of the minimum.

Frostburg State was one of just three NCAA Division III schools in a challenging field which featured several nationally ranked Division I and II programs.

Sophomore Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) led the Bobcat men with a 97th-place showing in 27:45.86.

Fellow sophomore Ed May (Bryantown, Md./La Plata) was 118th in 28:34.04 in his return from an injury.

Junior Mike Replogle (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) was slowed by the flu but placed 126th in 28:38.48, while freshman Andrew Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) enjoyed a breakthrough performance, finishing 137th with a strong time of 28:59.46.

Freshmen Scott Yanus (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) and junior Ron Lipscomb (Avilton, Md./Northern Garrett) each posted solid times. Yanus was 139th in 29:01.93, while Lipscomb was 146th in 29:29.01.

Senior Kevyn Allgeier (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) placed 158th (30:00.81), freshman Andrew Parker (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) finished 171st (30:43.10), freshman Jeremy Pennewell (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) was 177th (31:14.52) and freshman Stephen Forsha (Rockville, Md./Magruder) was 189th (33:49.85).

Freshman Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson) led the Bobcat women with a 62nd-place showing in 25:25.15. Axman, competing in her first 6,000-meter race, was the fourth-highest Division III finisher out of 152 female runners.

Sophomore Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was solid with a 102nd-place finish in 26:56.43, while senior Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) was 110th in 27:25.38.

Freshman Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) finished 117th with a break-through time of 27:37.96.

The Bobcat women were forced to compete with just four runners due to injury.

"I'm proud of the way we ran," said FSU Head Coach Randy Lowe. "Our goal was to improve against the NCAA Division III schools in the field, and we definitely made progress. Distance running is such an aerobic sport, and becoming a successful program takes a lot of time and patience.

"It would be easy for us to go to small meets and win trophies week after week, but that won't ever get us to the meet that really counts — the NCAA national championships. The runners in our program understand that, and several have asked to come back (to the Lock Haven meet) to face these schools again next year. That says a lot about where we are headed as a program."

The Bobcats return to action October 4 in the Dickinson College Long-Short Course Invitational.

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