September 4, 2006

Bobcats Open Strong

BOONE, NC - The Lees-McRae College Cross Country teams got into action during the Labor Day Weekend with the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University and had a lot of success.

With eight teams there, the Bobcats got around the soggy course with some impressive performances.

"We had so many freshmen running in their first collegiate race, so it was difficult to know what to expect, but I thought they handled the weather, competition and the distance really good," said Head Coach Craig McPhail.

For the women, the Bobcats were led by freshman Dana Lindholm (Weaverville, NC). Her time of 20:00 marks one of the fastest times ever for a Lees-McRae cross country athlete on that course. She finished 25th out of 89 runners.

Also running well for the Bobcats were freshmen Carla Swart (Buford, GA) 20:52; Ashley May (Chilhowie, VA) 21:35; Gina Valenti (Washington, NC) 21:43.

"I was really pleased with the performances of those four freshmen, but also Karyn Bragman (Clayon, NC) and Jenny Hurd (Danbury, NC) and how they overcome injuries to give solid efforts," McPhail said.

On the men's side, it was another case of the freshmen leading the way. This time Jon Bernal (Oakton, VA) and Chris Holstein (Middleburg, FL) battled to a close finish as Bernal ran 28:38 and Holstein finished the 5 mile course in 28:40.

The Bobcats ran as a pack for most of the race as freshman Cody Beaman (Humble, TX) and junior Josh Blanc (Hope Mills, NC) ran 28:46 and 28:56 respectively.

Lees-McRae got personal bests times from returnees Matt Barrett (Douglasville, GA) and Sebron Jessup (Westfield, NC) as they finished with times of 29:26 and 30:11.

"We had a total team effort tonight and it was good to see the guys understand the pacing and racing at the collegiate level for cross country," McPhail said. "We have some work to do, but I think this group has a lot of potential and I am excited to see how good we can be."

Next on the Bobcats schedule will be the 23rd Annual Eye Opener Cross Country Meet on September 9 on the grounds of the Roger Milliken Center in Spartanburg, SC where the women race at 8:00 a.m. and men at 8:30 a.m.

For pictures from this event, click here.

RESULTS


Licensed to Appalachian Track Hy-Tek's Meet Manager 9/1/2006 07:17 PM
Covered Bridge Open Collegiate Cross Country - 9/1/2006
State Farm Fields - Appalachian State
Boone,NC
Results

Women 5k Run CC
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Name Year School Seed Finals Points
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1 Cretti, Caroline Zap 17:56.91
2 Pezzullo, Stephanie Zap 18:04.00
3 Viellehner, Julia FR Coastal Carolina 18:10.43 1
4 Huss, Amy JR Florida State 18:16.54 2
5 Parker, Barbara JR Florida State 18:32.95 3
6 Wrieden, Jenna SR Appalachian 18:34.56 4
7 Mensing, Felicitas SO Coastal Carolina 18:35.39 5
8 Smith, Kasey SR Appalachian 18:38.58 6
9 Crate, Jessica SR Florida State 18:40.11 7
10 Hagen, Kirsten JR Florida State 18:41.15 8
11 Sanker, Caroline SO Davidson 18:41.83 9
12 Huss, Debbie JR Florida State 18:45.98 10
13 Gaffney, Meghan JR Appalachian 18:54.26 11
14 Parks, Hannah SO Appalachian 19:16.79 12
15 Milner, Michele SR Gardner Webb 19:20.12 13
16 Schamberger, Theresa FR Coastal Carolina 19:29.09 14
17 Woytalewicz, Christina FR Florida State 19:30.86 15
18 Rogers, Lucy SO Davidson 19:32.18 16
19 Willemse, Lydia SO Florida State 19:35.41 17
20 Bergquist, Aubrey JR Coastal Carolina 19:37.38 18
21 Atias, Megal JR Davidson 19:39.94 19
22 Kelley, Jennifer SR Appalachian 19:46.22 20
23 King, Emily SO Davidson 19:48.58 21
24 Baker, Anna JR Appalachian 19:50.79 22
25 Lindholm, Dana Lees-McRae 20:00.44 23
26 Urban, Meredith SO Florida State 20:03.66
27 Hand, Audrey JR Florida State 20:05.24
28 Povick, Jennifer JR Appalachian 20:08.57 24
29 Brooks, Lauren JR West Florida 20:11.71 25
30 Post, Christina SO Appalachian 20:14.95
31 Phillips, Carey FR Winthrop 20:16.09 26
32 Callahan, Abby FR Gardner Webb 20:17.35 27
33 McGranahan, Jennifer Unattached 20:22.22
34 Warden, Katherine SR Gardner Webb 20:23.83 28
35 Kopec, Melissa FR Appalachian 20:27.46
36 Hahn, Amanda SO Florida State 20:28.86
37 Coates, Shannon SO Florida State 20:30.53
38 Volkart, Megan SO Winthrop 20:34.51 29
39 Robertson, Kala JR Appalachian 20:35.87
40 Sitar, Diana JR West Florida 20:37.49 30
41 Witte, Claudia JR Coastal Carolina 20:38.53 31
42 Vola, Julia JR Florida State 20:42.26
43 Norris, Ashley SO Appalachian 20:43.27
44 Horn, Leslie SR Winthrop 20:47.54 32
45 Swart, Carla Lees-McRae 20:52.05 33