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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs Finish 4th and 7th at HBCU Cross Country Challenge

CARY, N.C. - The Bowie State University women and men's cross country team competed in the Historically Black College and Universities Challenge as part of the Great American Cross Country Festival on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs placed fourth overall and the Lady Bulldogs finished in seventh place out of eleven teams in the Non-Division I scoring portion of the event.

St. Augustine's women finished first among Non-Division I scorers as four of their top five runners finished in the top ten. Winston-Salem and Virginia State finished in second and third place as a team respectively, with Lincoln (PA) finishing in fourth and Chowan fifth.

Bowie State senior Brittany Williams (Baltimore, Md.) finished first for the Lady Bulldogs, crossing the finish line in 13th place in the 78 runner field with a time of20:48.7.  Sophomore Faith Sykes (Richmond, Va.) earned a 38th place finish after completing the course in 23:45.5.  Freshman Leia Conrad (Washington, D.C.) was the third Lady Bulldogs runner to cross the line at the 24:45.9 mark, good for a 50th place finish.  BSU junior Kayla Watson (Bel Air, Md.) placed 58th overall with a time of 26:51.7 and sophomore Carissa Smith rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in 68th place with a time of 28:38.2.

Lady Bulldogs juniors Rayshawn Penn (Richmond, Va.) and Kendall Reynolds (Lompoc, Calif.) also competed in the meet for Bowie State.  Penn ran in the course in 28:47.0, followed by Reynolds who crossed the line with a time of 28:54.3. Fellow junior Crishonda Coffey (Richmond, Va.) completed the Bowie State contingency, running the course in 29:32.2.  
In the men's division, junior Rhema Ndjami (Hyattsville, Md.) crossed the line first for the Bulldogs and in 3rd place in the 80 runner field.  Ndjami completed the 8k course in 26:52.6.  In second place for Bowie State and in 23rd place overall was senior Dana Smothers (Bel Air, Md.), who crossed the line at the 30:12.2 mark.  Junior Sonny Hicks (Temple Hills, Md.) finished in 30:22.9, good for 25th place.  Sophomores Cullen Mosely (Landover, Md.) and Daniel Ballah (Bowie, Md.) rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs after trekking the course in 30:43.3 and 331:32.1 respectively.

Freshman Vernon Swanson (Capital Heights, Md.), senior Ronald Exum (Landover, Md.) and sophomore Xavier Thomas (Carroll County, Md.) competed in the meet as well, and crossed the line with times of 32:27.8, 33:12.1 and 36:54.8 respectively.

St. Augustine's finished in first place on the men's side among Non-Division I opponents with a score of 42. Virginia State was second (87), Virginia Union third (88), Bowie State (99) and Lincoln rounded out the top five teams with a score of 106.
The Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs will host the Bowie State Pre-Homecoming Challenge on Wednesday (October 9th) at 2 pm (Time Subject to Change) at Jericho Park.

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