Sept. 22, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The West Florida Cross Country teams participated in the Florida State University Invitational event, held on the Miccosukee Greenway in Tallahassee, Florida this past weekend. The Men's team finished third behind North Florida and Tampa, while Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) finished 5th overall, covering the 8k (5 mile) run in 27:13. The Argos Women finished in 8th place, while Florida State University was the overall team champion in the 5k run. Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.) was the top Argo runner in 19:53 for the 5k race.
Coach Matt Dobson was proud of both teams performances, "the girls had a good meet without Diana (Sitar) and Katherine (Ragia), and the guys did real well without Justin Gates. We are still where we want to be, and we are taking it one meet at a time. So far we are yet to run with 100% of our roster, and we are still scoring well. The kids are working real hard and every week someone is setting a PR."
In the Men's event, Austin Richmond of Webber was the overall winner in 26:12, with North Florida taking the team championship in a score of 68, while the Argos scored 92. Rounding out the top five runners for UWF, was Junior Eric Mayes (Pensacola, Fla.) in 11th place (27:13), Freshmen Josh McEachin (Tallahassee, Fla.) in 21st place (28:07), Freshmen Jared Black (Tallahassee, Fla.) in 26th place (28:31), and Freshmen Reynolds Griner (Tallahassee, Fla.) in 29th place (28:54). McEachin, Black and Griner each had a little extra to prove as they were racing in their hometown. The finish place of the top five runners for each school adds up to their team score.
"We have a lot of Freshmen that will be the future of UWF Cross Country. I knew that for this year, I had to have some Freshmen step up, and Nick (Maedel) is learning how to race and progressing very well for us," explained Coach Dobson. Several other Freshmen are also running very well for the Argos so far this season.
In the Women's event, Pilar McShine of Florida State was the overall winner in 18:02 for the 5k run. Florida State won the event with a score of 31, while Tampa was second with 49. The Argos were running without Diana Sitar (Sr. / Las Vegas, Nev.) and Katherine Ragia (Jr. / Rounding out the top five finishers for UWF was Freshmen Kelli Midden (Boca Raton, Fla.) in 32nd place (20:21), Redshirt Senior Rebecca Thielemann (Dunnellon, Fla.) in 37th place (21:10), Freshmen Marisa DeFeo (Orange Park, Fla.) in 45th place (21:24), Freshmen Erika Anderson (Mobile, Ala.) in 47th place (21:28), and Senior Lindsey Failing (Pace, Fla.) in 53rd place (21:59).
West Florida will be running next Saturday (September 29) at the Escambia County Equestrian Center, in the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede. The Event will feature some of the top teams in the Region, and will be a test for the young Argo runners. The Men's 8k run begins at 7:30 AM, while the Women's 5k run starts at 8:15.
Other finishers for the men's team at the FSU Invitational included; Freshmen Andrew Maedel in 35th place (29:10), Freshmen Scott Lydick in 36th place (29:12), Freshmen Sean Jansen in 44th place (29:31), Freshmen Tyler Stowell in 58th place (31:26), Freshmen Tyler Endicott in 59th place (31:25), and Junior Jordan Theuerkauf in 64th place (32:16).