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Women's Cross Country Places 15th at Dickinson Long-Short Invitational

Carlise, Pa. — Freshman Sarah Valenta (Frostburg, Md./Homeschool) and senior Inga Olsen (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) led the Frostburg State women's cross country team to a 15th-place finish at the Dickinson College Long/Short Course Invitational Saturday morning.

Valenta finished 47th in the 6,000-meter race in a time of 26:11, while Olsen paced FSU in the 4,000-meter event by placing 34th in 17:02.

The event featured two separate races for both the women and the men. In the unusual format, only three runners scored for each team instead of the usual top five. The finishes for the two events were averaged to compile the final overall team standings.

Freshman Carolyn Kilkus (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) finished second for Frostburg State in the long course and 60th overall in 26:47. Junior Katy Eads (West Point, Iowa/Central Lee) rounded out the Bobcat long-course scoring with an 83rd-place overall finish in 28:02.

In the short course, junior Beth Sauder (Oakland, Md./ Southern Garrett) and sophomore Julie Hoffman (Parkton, Md./Hereford) took 81st and 123rd, respectively. Sauder finished in 18:11, while Hoffman turned in a time of 19:47.

Host Dickinson College won the short-course event by claiming the second, 10th and 13th places (25 points) and also captured the long-course with the first-, sixth- and seventh-place finishes.

Ursinus College’s Katie Dougherty was the fastest 4k runner in the 172-runner, 20-team field, with a 14:48 posting. Callie Bradley of Dickinson scored a first-place finish out of 117 runners in the 6k with her 22:55 finish.

"Our runners competed very well today," said Bobcat second-year head coach Randy Lowe. "As the pieces come together for the big meets at the end of the season, we are going to surprise some teams."

The Bobcats return to action in the Mason-Dixon Conference Championship Saturday, October 19 in Williamsburg, Va.

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