Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000
Contact: Mike Vaccaro
Three Camels Earn All-Conference at 2000 TAAC Cross Country Championships
BUIES CREEK, N.C. Ryan Richmond, Heather Lee and Susie Welty
each posted top 10 finishes to earn All-Trans America Athletic
Conference honors at the 2000 TAAC Cross Country Championships held
Saturday at the Campbell University Cross Country Course.
Richmond ran a time of 25:50 to finish third while pacing the men's squad (100 points) to a fourth place showing among the 10-team field. It was the second-straight year the junior earned all-conference recognition.
On the women's side, Lee finished fourth (18:36), while Welty was ninth (18:57) to lead the women's team (91) to a fifth place finish. Like Richmond, Welty became a two-time All-TAAC performer.
A year after sharing the men's title, Samford University won the championship outright with 37 points. The Bulldogs placed five runners in the top 10. The women's crown went to Georgia State with 51 points.
Individually, Michael Green from Troy State University won the men's title (25:10) for the third-straight year. The women's champion was Sonja Shedden from the University of Central Florida who won the title for the second-straight year. Shedden set a new course record with her time of 17:56.
Other men's runners factoring into CU's score included freshman Justin Lambert-Belanger (11th, 26:31), senior Billy McGlaughon (20th, 27:05), sophomore Hugh Ferry (27th, 27:34) and freshman Jeremaine Hood (43rd, 29:31).
The CU women's score also included finishes from freshmen Renee Acker (17th, 19:23) and Lisa Lee (30th, 20:02), plus junior Natalie Lewis (31st, 20:04).
Also awarded on Saturday was the men's Runner of the Year to Green (TSU) and women's runner of the year to Shedden (UCF). Chad Johnson (SAM) and Jenn Feentrsa (GSU) were recognized as the Freshmen of the Year.
Glen McWaters (SAM) and Jessica Graham (GSU) were voted men's and women's Coach of the Year, respectively. McWaters wins the award for the second year in a row, while Graham is a two-time winner having received the award in 1998.
The Fighting Camels are back in action Saturday, Nov. 11 at the NCAA East Regionals in Greenville, S.C. The event starts at 10:00 am.