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Women's Cross Country Chasing Seventh AMCC Title

FROSTBURG, Md. - Fifth-year Head Coach Randy Lowe will look to junior captain Bonnie Axman (Burke, Va./James Robinson) to lead a young squad that was picked to finish second in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference behind defending league champion Penn State Behrend.

The Bobcats have won six of the eight all-time AMCC titles, finishing second in 2001 and not placing in the standings last season due to only competing with four of the required five runners.

Axman, this year’s AMCC Preseason Runner of the Year, is the top returner in the conference, having finished third (28:42) at the league championship meet a year ago. She capped her season by placing 61st out of 259 competitors at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship Meet.

Axman also had an outstanding track season, winning the 5,000-meter title (18:31) at the Mason-Dixon Conference Indoor Championships and qualifying for ECAC Championships in the event. During the outdoor season, she won the 5,000-meter title (18:05) and added a third-place showing in the 1,500-meter run (4:55) at the Mason-Dixon Championships.

She also set a personal record in the 5,000-meter outdoor run with her third-place time of 17:45 at the ECAC Championships and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships.

“Bonnie’s goal this season is to qualify for the (cross country) national championships, and she’s well on target to do that,” said Lowe.

Freshman Jennifer Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) should combine with Axman to give FSU one of the top tandems in the AMCC. She was an all-state runner all four years of high school, winning the Maryland 1A state title as a freshman and adding three other top-seven finishes.

“Jennifer has been running very well in the preseason and is three to four weeks ahead of where I thought she’d be at this point,” said Lowe. “She is very capable of finishing in the top five at the AMCC Championships.”

Senior Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) and sophomore Katie Lyell (Newark, Del./Newark) will provide excellent depth and experience for the Bobcats.

Kilkus is a three-time All-AMCC honoree and finished 10th (28:04) at last season’s conference championship meet and added a 120th-place showing (25:35) at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship Meet.

Lyell also earned All-AMCC honors last year after edging Kilkus for ninth (28:02) at the AMCC title meet despite running with a stress fracture (unknown at the time), and she capped her season by placing 129th (25:51) at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship Meet.

“Both Carolyn and Katie will be vital for us this year,” Lowe said. “They’re both returning All-AMCC runners with good experience.”

The biggest key for the FSU women will be finding a solid and consistent fifth runner from among four freshmen – Diana Baker (Finksburg, Md./Westminster), Samantha Dobish (Frederick, Md./Frederick), Megan Patton (Barton, Md./Westmar) and Liz Resetar (Fairfax Station, Va./W.T. Woodson).

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