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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bowie State Cross Country Places Second and 11th at CIAA Championships


Rhema Ndjami Earns All-Conference Honors



CARY, N.C. (October 30, 2014) – The Bowie State University women and men’s cross country teams competed in their final conference event of the season at the WakeMed Soccer Park this morning. The men placed second overall while the women placed 11th out of 12 teams at the 2014 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.  

The Lincoln University edged Winston-Salem State University by one point (59-60) to claim the women’s 5K crown with Shaw University finishing third with 95 points. Taylor-Ashley Bean of Virginia State repeated as the individual women’s 5K champion with a time of 19:27.57. Jazmina Paris-Morris of Shaw was second in 19:32.74 and Shana Brown of Lincoln finished third in 19:33.25.

BSU junior Samantha Ferguson (Newark, Del.) was the first Lady Bulldog runner to cross the finish line, placing 36th and finishing the course in 23:33.24. Freshman Treyniqua Dickey (Washington, D.C.) ran the course in a time of 24:44.24 to place 80th and senior Kayla Watson (Bel Air, Md.) completed the 5K course in 26:40.40, finishing in 55th place.

Seniors Rayshawn Penn (Richmond, Va.) and Crishonda Coffey (Richmond, Va.) rounded out Bowie State’s participants, placing 56th(26:45.00) and 64th (28:32.98) respectively.

In the men’s 8K race, Virginia Union scored 26 points and Bowie State University was second with 63 points. Virginia State University placed third with 95 points. The top three men’s and women’s squads received team awards.

Bowie State junior Rhema Ndjami (Hyattsville, Md.) was the men’s individual 8K champion with a time of 26:11.75. Kyle Edwards of Lincoln was second in 26:12.90 and Donovan Mundy of Virginia Union placed third in 26:14.12.

Freshman Michael Aregaye (Lanham, Md.) clocked in with a time of 28:00.57, placing him 13th overall and redshirt junior J.D. Tharpe, III (District Heights, Md.) finished in 14th place, running the 8k course in 28:04.49. Senior Sonny Hicks (Temple Hills, Md.) and junior Cullen Moseley (Landover, Md.) crossed the finish line, one behind the other, with times of 28:22.16 and 28:24.59 respectively. Hicks placed 17th overall while Moseley was 18th overall.

Freshman Ryan Washington (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Troy Jones (Waldorf, Md.) also competed but didn’t factor in the team scoring. Washington finished 20th overall (28:32.92) and Jones was 26th (29:12.16) among the men.

Bean headed the women’s All-CIAA team, which included Paris-Morris of Shaw and Brown of The Lincoln (Pa.). The other all-conference members are Merideth Alexander of Shaw, Danisha Wiggins of Winston-Salem State, Alexis Cubbage of The Lincoln (Pa.), Fanta Fofana of Saint Augustine’s University, Sarah Gray of The Lincoln (Pa.), Domenique Julius-Williams of Johnson C. Smith University and Tametris Morrison of Winston-Salem State.

Ndjami led the men’s All-CIAA squad, which included Edwards of Lincoln and Mundy of Virginia Union. The other all-CIAA members are Franck Charles of Virginia Union, Emmanuel Nelfrard of Virginia Union, Luis Neives of Virginia Union, Christopher Henry of Virginia State, Deandre Horton of Virginia Union, Marcus Nelson of Shaw and Jalen Robinson-McCoy of Saint Augustine’s University. Each men’s and women’s All-CIAA member received an individual award.

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