Cross Country Recaps: October 16
Choctaw Open (Mississippi College)
Alcorn State (men)
CLINTON, Miss. – Mississippi Valley's Kemei Scholasticah (18:51.9), Derica Pitters (19:41.8) and DeHavalan Watts (19:52.2) all finished in the top ten individually during the Division I portion of the women's 5K as the Devilettes won the Choctaw Open this past weekend.
It marked the second-straight team win for MVSU's women. Scholasticah was third overall, and Pitters and Watts finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
Grambling State's Halima Chepkwony set the pace for the Tigers with a seventh-place finish (19:34). Stherline Silencieux finished 12th to lead Jackson State (20:09) and Southern got top 20 finishes from Janae Simoneaux (20:23.9) and Danae Colston (20:31.7).
On the men's side, Hassan Chepknowy's (25:55.99) sixth-place finish in the 8K helped Grambling garner third in the men's team standings. Teammate Noah Rugut was 13th with a 26:45.13. Jackson State's James Curtis finished 11th to lead JSU with a mark of 26:39.15, and MVSU's Aaron Albert was 15th with a result of 26:51.61.
Qaseem Wajd was the Braves' top finisher, coming in at 30:54.86.
Crimson Classic (University of Alabama)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama State and Alabama A&M competed against nearly 300 athletes per side during the University of Alabama's Crimson Classic this past weekend.
Leading the way in the men's 8K was Gregory Thigpen (28:46.4), and teammate Bryont Brown (29:08.9) wasn't far behind. Andrew Coicou (29:23.4), Andrew Jackson (29:30.5), Tyree Newton (29:33.5), and Joshua Coffelt (29:57.7) also participated, as the meet was won by Kentucky.
In the women's 6K, Alabama State's Arion Span (23:22.7) bested runners from Tennessee, South Carolina, Houston and Florida State in leading the Hornets. Tatianna Etienne (23:55.9), Janice Lane (24:00.9) and Hayley Spears (24:31) all cleared the 25-minute plateau.
For Alabama A&M, Taylor Sunkett (27:56.1) set the pace with Jenee' Nichols (28:27.7) and Joi Ballard (28:47.1) also running for the Bulldogs.
Little Rock Invitational (University of Arkansas-Little Rock)
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Wade Garner finished 19th in the men's 8K to set the pace for UAPB during the Little Rock Invitational. Garner posted a time of 27:17.9.
Harry Self (30:36.6) and Tryan Lyons (30:36.6) posted identical times and Harlan Clarke (31:04.8) also got after it, as each runners secured top 35 showings for the Golden Lions. On the women's side, Camiya Knight's 22:55 mark in the 5K was enough to make her the top finisher for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Sharoya Simmons posted a 23:31.9 to earn a top 50 showing.