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Cross Country News

Women take third, Rono leads men

Oct. 4, 2008

GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Point Park women's cross country had three runners place in the top 16 and took third place at the Pitt-Greensburg Invitational Saturday.

Freshman Lindsay Dill (pictured left), a native of Erie, placed ninth individually to help Point Park earn the highest team placement in school history. It was the first top-10 finish in Dill's career.

In the men's race, Point Park's Reuben Rono (Kapsabet, Kenya), pictured below right, finished in third place as the Pioneers placed sixth of eight teams. Rono's third-place effort is the second highest finish by a men's runner in school history.

Freshman Sarah Austin (Sweet Valley) and Makenzie Smith (Butler) finished a15thand 16th, respectively to give the Point Park women's team three runners in the top 16 spots.

"It was a tremendous job by the women's team today," said Point Park coach Jim Irvin. "They ran well and raced well. As a team, we probably combined to pass 20 runners in the race. Lindsay was in 12th place until she passed three runners in the last mile. Leticia Henry and Martine Saul passed a lot of runners down the stretch to finish strong.

"In the men's race, it was a really well-run race by Reuben. Mike Simpson and Alan Nascone competed hard, and Riley Faison did a nice job in his first race at Point Park."

Simpson (Endicott, N.Y.) and Nascone (Pittsburgh) were second and third, respectively for the Pioneers, who were without the injured Jared Ferree and Ian Mollick. Faison transferred to Point Park last month and will provide a boast to the men's team.

Point Park travels to the Carnegie Mellon Invitational Saturday. The women's race is at 2:15 p.m. followed by the men's race at 3:15 p.m. The women's and men's races were originally scheduled for 2:00 and 2:45 p.m., respectively, but were moved back 15 minutes.

Special activities will be held at the meet as part of Point Park's Family Weekend, which includes various events Oct. 10 and 11.