UWF Cross Country finishes 5th and 7th in the South Regional Competition

first_img Share UWF Cross Country finishes 5th and 7th in the South Regional Competition Nov. 3, 2007HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the Men’s 10k meet, the West Florida men finished in 5th place out of the 19 teams at the 2007 Division II South Region Championships in Huntsville, Alabama. Senior Brian Gowin earned a spot on the All-Regional team with his 9th place finish in a time of 33:10. In the Women’s 6k meet, West Florida finished tied for 7th place out of the 23 teams participating. Senior Diana Sitar was the top Argonaut runner in 16th place, finishing with a time of 22:59. “I was very proud of both teams, considering the injuries that several runners have had to fight through, and most of them still ran their best at the end of the season,” stated Head Coach Matt Dobson. “All the kids gave it their all today and many had their personal bests.”In the men’s event, Florida Southern College tallied 61 team points to claim first place, while Alabama-Huntsville tied for second with the Univerisity of Tampa. The top threee schools advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship in Joplin, Mo. on November 17th. Both UAH and Tampa finished with a total of 103 points. Harding University was just outside of the qualifiers in fourth place with 106 points, and West Florida followed them with a team score of 154. “I was real proud of the guys. They were ranked 7th and they finished 5th,” exclaimed Coach Matt Dobson. “They ran very good as a unit. Justin (Gates) and all the freshmen had personal bests. This is a very young team and the future looks great. I was also very proud of Brian (Gowin), who made the All-regional team for the second straight year.”For the Argos, Junior Justin Gates finished 22nd in a time of 34:04, followed by Senior Jordan Theuerkauf, who finished 30th in a time of 34:24. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Kirwa of Benedict was the overall winner with a time of 31:53.9. James Cheruiyot of Harding was second at 31:58.4, with Abraham Kiprotich (Morhouse) in third place at 32:16. Other West Florida finishers included; Freshmen Nicholas Maedel (45th) in 34:41, Freshmen Josh McEachin (48th) in 34:49, Freshmen Andrew Maedel (59th) in 35:07, and Freshmen Jared Black (79th) in 35:55.In the women’s event, the University of Tampa had all five of their runners finish in the top 15 en route to the Championship. Tampa claimed first place with 40 points, earning a bid to the NCAA Division II National Championships. Harding finished second with a team total of 55 points, while Alabama Huntsville tallied 79 points. West Florida and Arkansas Tech tied for seventh place with a team total of 255 points.Coach Dobson commented on their performance, “The women had a good race, six of the seven runners had personal bests, and you can’t ask for more than that. I was very pleased with Diana (Sitar) and Margaret (Harter). They finished 16th and 22nd in a very competitive race. I believe that Diana set the school record for the 6k.” Sitar did break the UWF 6k record that was held by Lauren Brooks. Sitar was followed by Junior Margaret Harter, who finished 22nd in a time of 23:32, and by Senior Rebecca Thielemann, who finished 52nd in a time of 24:29.Janee Jones of Harding was the overall South Region champion, finishing first with a time of 21:17.4. Laura Woznicki (Tampa) was second at 21:19, while Caitlin Heider (UAH) was third at 21:37.2. Other finishers for UWF included Junior Katherine Ragia in 71st place with a 24:57, and Freshmen Kelli Midden with a 92nd place finish in 25:39. Freshmen Erika Anderson finished in 104th place with a time of 25:55, and Senior Lindsey Failing was 120th in a time of 26:26. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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