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Cross Country Recap: October 1

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          Release: 10/02/2016
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S.C. State’s Marcanikova Wins Bulldogs Duels
ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State’s Marketa Marcanikova finished first at the Bulldog Duels Cross Country meet Saturday, helping the S.C. State women to a second-place overall showing at the event conducted at the Matthews Industrial Park.
S.C. State finished fourth in the men’s division of the event, only the second-ever cross country meet hosted by the university, both coming under the tenure of current head coach Tim Langford.
Marcanikova, who won for the second time in as many weeks, covered the 5K course in a time of 19:18.1, well ahead of runner-up finisher Maddison Burkholder of Charleston Southern, who had a 21:01.1 clocking to help her team to the title in the women’s division with 25 points.
The Lady Bulldogs were second with 48 points, followed Claflin with 68 points, Savannah State fourth with 83 and Morris fifth with 115.
Michael Stackhouse was the top performer for the S.C. State men, finishing eighth in the 8K run with a time of 28:16.1, a personal record for the Bulldog senior. Charleston Southern’s Jeryk Wilson won the men’s division in a time of 26:06.7 to lead his team to a second-place finish in the men’s competition.
Savannah State, which had four of the top six finishers, captured the men’s title with 28 points. Charleston Southern, with the top two finishers in Wilson and Trevor Dominy (26:11.2), was second with 31 points, followed by Claflin (85), SC State (89) and Morris (124).



Gilbert, Blackmon set personal bests at Paul Short Run
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Sophomore Lenneisha Gilbert and senior Mark Blackmon sets personal records at the Paul Short Run in the Lehigh Valley on Saturday. As a team, the Hawks men finished 35th in the 8k Gold meet while the women placed 32nd at the 6K Brown meet.
Gilbert ran a time of 26:38 to average 7:08 per kilometer. She finished the meet in 288th position as the Hawk women beat out UConn, St. Bonaventure and VMI, among other teams. Blackmon took 175th position, but his time of 25:31 with a 5:09 average pulverized his original PR of 26:27.1, set last week at the DSU Farm Run Invite.
For the fourth straight meet, senior Khalil Rmidi Kinini and freshman Sharon Jerop led the way for their respective teams. Rmidi Kinini finished 28th in the field of 336 runners with a time of 24:13. The Spaniard averaged less than five minutes per kilometer. Jerop placed 89th in a field of 373 with a time of 22:37, averaging 6:04 per kilometer.



Hampton Women Take First, Men Second At HBCU Challenge
CARY, N.C. – The Hampton University cross country teams competed on Saturday at the Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge and came away with top two finishes.   The Lady Pirates won their 17-team 5k race, while the men took second in the 16-team 8k race.
The victory for the Lady Pirates was their first in a race since the Panther Invitational on October 10, 2014.
All five scoring runners for Hampton finished in the top ten as freshman Alycia Higgins took fourth place to lead Hampton covering the 5k course at the Wake Medical Soccer Park in 19:35.4.  Pollyanna Velasco was sixth in 19:40.0 while Amanda Delacruz was eighth in 19:58.0.  Rounding out the top 10 was Kayla Key in ninth in a time of 20:07.3 and Asia Johnson in tenth at 20:08.4.
Hampton scored 37 points to win the women's title with North Carolina A&T State in second (59), Winston-Salem State (70) and Morgan State (116) rounding out the top four.
On the men's side Emmanuel Too was the top runner for Hampton finishing fourth covering the 8k course in 25:42.7.   Stanley Davis was 12th in 27:00.3, while Tayvon Burress was 21st in 28:08.8.  Rounding out the five Hampton runners was Eric Ellis in 39th in 30:03.5 and Khalil Gary in 61st in 31:46.4.
In the 16-team, 115-runner field, North Carolina A&T State won the men's side scoring 47 points while Hampton came in second with 70.  Morehouse was third with 76 points, while Benedict rounded out the top four with 100.



NCCU’s Coward Places 11th at HBCU Cross Country Challenge
CARY, N.C. – Senior Gregory Coward topped North Carolina Central University with an 11th-place finish out of 109 runners at the annual Robert Shumake HBCU Cross Country Challenge at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday.
Coward, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, finished the 8k race in 27:22.7.
Deandre James was the next Eagle to cross the line in the 26th position with a time of 29:09.4. Orane Morais placed 42nd in 30:24.5, followed by Phillip Robinson-Hayes in 47th at 30:44.6.
The NCCU women were led by freshman Nakai Matthews (Copiague, N.Y.) with a 22nd-place performance out of 111 competitors and a time of 21:41.6 on the 5k course.
Kiana Seabrook finished next for the Lady Eagles in 35th place with a time of 22:28.0, while Jaleesa Smoot (24:51.3) and Shania Nicely (25:02.8) finished 68th and 71st, respectively.

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