Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

September 17, 2012

BSC launches cross country season at Virginia Tech

Concord women 7th, men 8th

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The women’s cross country team from Concord came in seventh and the men earned an eighth-place finish at the Virginia Tech Invitational, while Bluefield State women and men were both ninth Friday afternoon.

Bluefield State newcomer Leandra Childs, a graduate of Bluefield High School, and Concord’s Chelsea Callaway finished the 6k run less than a second apart to take 42nd and 43rd place, respectively, leading their teams.

The Mountain Lions were guided by Robby Peters’ fourth-place effort in the 8k race, finishing in 25:11.51. Sterling Snyder was 49th in a time of 26:44.97 for CU.

The Big Blues, opening their season, were paced by Alieu Dem and Kharles Mwalo, who finished just three seconds apart in the race.

The majority of the runners came from the NCAA Division I level. The Florida State women ran away with the team trophy after capturing the first seven spots. In the men’s race, Florida State’s Zak Seddon was first at 25:08.53 and the Seminoles won as a team.

The Bluefield State men and women will race in the Roanoke (Va.) Invitational on Saturday. Concord will be in action the same day at the University of Charleston Invitational.

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Virginia Tech Invitational (local finishers)

Concord women (6k) — 41, Chelsea Callaway 23:47.03. 51, Rachel Williams 24:35.41. 57, Vivian Ruiz 24:46.19. 67, Micalyn Miller 26:28.95. 68, Bethany Carroll 26:32.84. 69, Cortney Vannatter 26:54.01. 70, Shawnee Carnett 27:00.70. 74, Cheyenne Nicely 27:11.40. 75, Serrena Morris 27:48.23. 77, Diane Rumruill 28:35.16.

Concord men (8k) — 4th, Robby Peters 25:11.51. 58, Sterling Snyder 26:44.97. 76, Brad Dugan 27:42.18. 82, Nick Lucento 28:06.01. 84, Jake Munsey 28:34.24. 85, Brandon Perdue 28:50.05. 89, Aaron Martin 33:57.34. 90, Jacob Smutko 35:37.86.

Bluefield State women (6k) — 42, Leandra Childs 23:46. 81, Trish Galligher 31:11. 82, Tiffany Moorer 35:08. 83, Dragana Tomic 35:08. 84, Tara Hazelwood 35:15. 85, Molly Dove 36:48.

Bluefield State men (8k) — 91, Alieu Dem 36:13. 92, Kharles Mwalo 36:16. 93, Zach Barnett 40:08. 94, Cody Bragg 42:32. 95, Johnny Kirkpatrick 43:08. 96, Johnny Uhegwu 43:10.

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