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Men's Cross Country Places Fourth at Dickinson Long-Short Invitational

CARLISLE, PA — The Frostburg State men’s cross country team placed fourth out of 16 teams at the Dickinson College Long-Short Course Invitational Saturday. The Bobcats scored a combined 109 points to finish behind Dickinson (65), Ithaca (94) and Christopher Newport (97).

The format consisted of four races — 8,100-meter and 4,000-meter events on the men’s side and 6,000-meter and 4,000-meter events on the women’s side. Each race was scored and the two individual races were combined for an overall total. The top three individuals for each team in each race scored instead of the usual five.

The Bobcat men had three medalists based on their top-20 finishes.

Freshman Curt Ruble (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) continued his strong debut season, placing eighth of 133 runners in the 8,100-meter race. He ran a personal-best time of 27:21 despite the course being 100 meters longer than normal.

Junior Sid Bittinger (Midland, Md./Westmar) placed 32nd in 28:31, while senior Jonathan Masse (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) finished 33rd in a personal-best 28:32.

In the 4,000-meter run, senior Brian Bonn (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) and sophomore Andy Watson (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) turned in impressive top-10 performances. Bonn was second out of 127 runners in 12:58, using a late kick over the final 300 meters, while Watson was eighth in 13:09.

Freshman Chris Negley (Frostburg, Md./Beall) added a breakthrough race, finishing 27th in 13:42. He also used a late surge, passing seven runners over the last 300 meters.

“I’m pleased with the way our men ran today,” said Bobcat Head Coach Randy Lowe. “Ruble, Bonn and Watson ran outstanding races, and we had the rest of our team running in closer packs. Best of all, the team looked hungry and everyone was giving it their all after a difficult week of training.”

On the women’s side, sophomore Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) paced the Bobcats in the 6,000-meter event by finishing 19th out of 101 runners in 24:35 to earn a medal.

Freshman Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) turned in a breakthrough performance with a 39th-place finish in 25:30, a personal best by 30 seconds. Junior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) was 54th in 26:34.

In the 4,000-meter event, sophomore Sheila Kurtz (Thurmont, Md./Boonsboro) finished 82nd out of 141 runners in 18:00, while sophomore Sarah Morton (Swanton, Md./Westmar) was 135th in 22:38.

The FSU women did not earn a combined score since they ran only two of the required three competitors in the 4,000-meter event.

“This was a breakthrough race of sorts for our top three women,” added Lowe. “Axman, Lyell and Kilkus have been healthy and running well together all season, and they are now beginning to see their hard work pay off.”

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, October 16 in the Gettysburg 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