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Men's Cross Country Places 15th at NCAA Mid-East Regional; Women Finish 23rd

SALISBURY, MD - The FSU men's cross country team placed 15th out of 34 teams, while the Bobcat women were 23rd out of 34 squads at the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional Championships Saturday at Salisbury University.

Freshman Sid Bittinger was FSU's top finisher, placing 71st out of 241 runners in 26:45.20. Sophomore Mike Replogle was right behind his teammate in 72nd place in 26:45.58.

Freshman Ed May finished 80th overall in 26:54.53, and freshman Robert Wilson was 105th in 27:18.

Sophomore Ron Lipsomb capped the FSU scoring with a 125th-place showing in 27:38.05.

FSU, which was 20th at last year's meet, compiled 449 points. Elizabethtown won the men's title with 45 points, as senior Dustin Scott capture the individual crown in 24:54.88.

On the women's side, FSU scored 613 points and improved on last year's 29th-place showing. Freshman Sarah Valenta led the Bobcats with an 80th-place finish out of 237 runners in 23:29.19.

Junior Katy Eads was 121st (24:15.63), senior Inga Olsen was 139th (24:40.26), junior Beth Sauder was 145th (24:51.51) and freshman Carolyn Kilkus was 161st (25:09.88).

Dickinson, behind Callie Bradley's first-place finish (21:02.03) won the women's team championship with 53 points.

"I'm very plaesed with our performances today and this season overall," said first-year head coach Randy Lowe. "We improved each and every meet over last season, often by a significant amount. We have taken a big step toward getting back to the national championships."

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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780