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Cross Country News

Pioneers race at AMC meet

Nov. 8, 2008

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio - The Point Park men's and women's cross country teams competed at the American Mideast Conference championship meet at Ursuline Saturday. The Pioneers placed 10th in the women's competition and were 12th in the men's race.

Lindsay Dill was the top finisher for the Point Park women's team. The freshman from Erie finished the race in 22 minutes, 38.8 seconds to take 46th place individually. Rainy weather made the track very muddy and contributed to slower times.

Reuben Rono (Kapsabet, Kenya) placed 61st with a time of 31 minutes, 10 seconds and was the top finisher on the Point Park men's team.  Rono and Dill were the top finishers on the men's and women's teams, respectively, in six of the Pioneers seven meets this season.

"It was a tough race to run given the conditions," said Point Park coach Jim Irvin. "Both teams ran well against good competition. The women's team had a solid season, and can make some strides if we continue to improve.

"Injuries took their toll on the men's team this season. We had some runners miss races with injuries and some guys ran through injuries. Overall, I'm proud of the work ethic that was shown."

It was the final race of the year for Point Park as the top two teams and the top seven individuals advanced to the NAIA championships Nov. 22. Malone won the men's race with 20 points after claiming each of the top four individual spots and seven of the top 13. Cedarville (63 points) was second and advanced to the NAIA meet.

In the women's race, Cedarville took four of the top seven individual places and won the meet with 31 points. Malone was second with 49 points.

Rounding out the Point Park women's squad were senior Makenzie Smith (23:17), Sarah Austin (24:08), Carina Jollie (25:26), Heather Abernethy (25:37) and Leticia Henry (25:55).

For the men, Alan Nascone (33:46), Mike Simpson (34:34) Jared Ferree (34:35) and Riley Faison (35:58) were other top finishers.