Oct. 28, 2006
PITTSBURGH, PA - The University of Dayton men's and women's cross country teams posted eighth and ninth place finishes at the 2006 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning. Sophomore Mike Andersen and freshman Kristin Terry led the way for the Flyers.
UD's Mike Andersen finished third out of 146 runners on the 8K course in a time of 25:09. Andersen, a three-time A-10 Performer of the Week winner this year, was named to the A-10 All Conference team for his third place finish. He has led the Flyers in every race this season.
Behind Andersen was senior Eric Contreras who, running in a time of 26:18, came in second for the Flyers for the sixth time this year and placed 21st overall at the race.
UD's third scorer, sophomore Matt Peters recorded his season-best time crossing the finish line at 26:56, good for 47th place. Junior Daniel Sammons was the next Flyer to finish, placing 67th in a time of 27:25 and rounding out the top five for the men's team was junior Michael Connolly who turned in a time of 27:34 for 75th place.
Sophomores Tommy Middleton and Tim Kaelin helped displace more than 140 runners from 14 other teams. Middleton posted a time of 27:37 good for 77th place. Kaelin, only two seconds behind his teammate, crossed the finish line at 27:39 recording his season-best time.
On the women's side, freshman Alex Miles led UD to a ninth place finish with 214 points. Miles ran the 5K course in a time of 19:21 placing 32nd among 138 runners. It is the third time the underclassman has led the Flyers this season.
Not far behind Miles was freshman Kristin Terry, who placed 36th running in a time of 19:26. Sophomore Ellen Nienhaus recorded her season-best time at the Championship race by merely one second (19:30) and was the third Flyer to cross the line. Sophomore's Amy Kempf and Sydney Hubbard rounded out the five scorers, finishing in times of 19:40 and 19:45 respectively.
Freshman Bridget Conlon and her teammate sophomore Jacqueline Jaworek helped displace runners from 14 other teams. Conlon recorded a sixth place finish for the Flyers and a 60th place finish overall in a time of 19:51. Jaworek posted a time of 20:02 for 67th place.
The La Salle men's and women's cross country teams captured the 2006 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship titles.
La Salle's men took their fifth title over the past six Atlantic 10 Championships with a team score of 52 up-ending defending A-10 Champion Duquesne, which placed second overall. Senior Sean Quigley captured Most Outstanding Performer laurels crossing first with a time of 24:39.9 en route to his second-straight A-10 individual championship title.
The La Salle women won their third straight A-10 title paced by the Conference's first female three-time champion in senior Rachel Papin with a time of 17:41.25.
Next up for the running Flyers are the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship at Bowling Green, Ohio on November 11th.