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Cross Country Impressive at Gettysburg Invitational

GETTYSBURG, PA — The Frostburg State men's cross country team turned in one of its best races in several years, finishing fifth out of 20 teams at the Gettysburg College Invitational Saturday.

The Bobcats, who scored 138 points, were the second-highest Division III finisher in a solid field. Otterbein won the event with 60 points, followed by Division II schools Wheeling Jesuit (65) and Alderson-Broaddus (98). NAIA opponent Walsh placed fourth with 128 points.

The FSU women placed 14th out of 19 teams with 377 points. Loyola won the women's team event with 32 points.

Sophomore Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) led the way with Bobcat men, placing 18th out of 198 runners by covering the 8,000-meter event in 27:26.15.

Junior Mike Replogle (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) finished 19th in 27:29.73, while sophomore Ed May (Bryantown, Md./La Plata) was 21st in 27:32.09.

Bittinger, Replogle and May received medals for finishing in the top 25.

Junior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) was impressive in his first 8,000-meter race of the season, placing 32nd in 27:50.76.

Freshman Scott Yanus (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) posted a solid performance by finishing 48th in 28:15.15, while senior Kevyn Allgeier (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) placed 72nd in 28:39.81, a personal record by 45 seconds.

"This was our best race in three years," said head coach Randy Lowe. "The men got out fast and held their positions, and it was a matter of their believing that their legs would be strong in the last three miles. Their legs were, and we ran an incredible race."

Senior Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) paced the Bobcat women, finishing 59th in 26:11.49.

Freshman Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./Robinson) placed 68th (26:34.67) while sophomore Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was 74th (26:51.42).

Freshman Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) was 101st in 27:25.59, a personal record by 44 seconds, and freshman Michelle Carlquist (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) was 159th in 29:42.02, 35 seconds faster then her previous best.

"Beth ran a solid race and continues to be reliable in the latter parts of the season, as she has for the last three years," Lowe added. "Bonnie is battling a cold and will be back to full strength in two weeks (for the AMCC Championships), and Carolyn turned in a solid effort."

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, November 1 in the AMCC Championships at Pitt-Bradford in Bradford, Pa.

FSU has won five of the six men's titles in AMCC history, including the last two, while the women have also won five championships, including last year's crown.

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