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Men's Cross Country Fifth, Women 10th at Gettysburg Invitational

GETTYSBURG, PA — The Frostburg State men’s cross country team finished fifth out of 17 teams, while the women’s team placed 10th out of 15 squads at the Gettysburg College Invitational Saturday.

The Bobcat men scored 142 points, finishing behind Elizabethtown (93), Alderson-Broaddus (105), Saint Vincent (123) and Washington & Lee (136). McDaniel junior Paul Hugus won the men’s individual title with a time of 26:30.

Freshman Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) continued his excellent season, running the 8,075-meter course in 27:02. He finished sixth out of 180 runners to earn a medal.

Senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) and junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) also medaled after placing 19th and 24th, respectively. Bonn turned in a time of 27:44, while Bittinger posted a time of 27:57.

Freshman Chris Negley (Frostburg, Md./Beall) was 47th in 28:30.36, while sophomore Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was right behind in 48th in 28:30.86.

“Ruble continues to run impressively and Bonn, Bittinger, Negley and Watson came up big,” said Bobcat Head Coach Randy Lowe. “We ran well as a team and accomplished our goals for the meet.”

The Bobcat women scored 255 points to finish just 12 points behind McDaniel and St. Vincent, who tied for eighth.

Elizabethtown captured the women’s title as well with 61 points, followed by Loyola (80), Alderson-Broaddus (85), Gettysburg (121) and Messiah (125). Loyola sophomore Andrea Rovegno claimed the individual crown with a time of 22:17.

FSU sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) finished the 5,900-meter course in 23:37 to place 11th out of 177 runners and earn medalist honors.

Freshman Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) turned in a personal-best time for the second week in row, placing 39th in 24:54, while junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) finished 57th in 25:31.

Sophomore Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) was 78th in 26:08, and sophomore Sarah Morton (Swanton, Md./Westmar) was 171st in 34:49.

“Axman had her best race in a Frostburg State uniform, and she’s been very, very consistent all season,” said Lowe. “This is a testament to the solid training she has put in since the beginning of the summer. Lyell ran another personal-best, and Kilkus and Kurtz ran good races behind her. Morton was also solid, running a personal-best time by two-and-a-half minutes.”

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, October 30 when they host the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship Meet at the Western Maryland 4-H Education Center in Garrett County. Both FSU teams are seeking their seventh title in the league’s eight-year history.

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