Wyberksy, O'Connor Pace Runners In Boone
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
BOONE, North Carolina - Junior Ashley Wybersky and sophomore Ryan O'Connor were the top runners for UNCW as the Seahawk harriers competed in the Blue Ridge Open Cross Country Invitational late Friday at the Donnie Kennedy Cross Country Trails.
The Seahawks, making their fifth appearance of the season and final tune-up before the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, went up against a large field on a cool fall day in the colorful North Carolina mountains.
UNCW finished seventh out of 14 teams in the 5K women's race and ninth out of 16 teams in the 8K men's race.
"The women had a solid day," said Layne Schwier, UNCW's assistant cross country/track and field coach. "Ashley had a really good day by finishing in the top-10 with a big personal best. Our next several girls ran solid, but that gap from Ashley back to Rachel and Haley was really big. We have to get that cut down in two weeks. We had a couple of women running a bit under the weather, so hopefully we'll have them full strength then.
"The men's race was solid up front, but we lacked depth today. Our top three had really good races. Dylan finally put together a good race and John and Ryan were right behind. but we had a big gap back to four and another back to five that really hurt. We left a couple of key guys back home today that would have really helped."
Wake Forest won the women's race with 44 points behind first-place finisher Nicole Irving, who covered the course in 17:28.
Wyberksy, from Manassas, Va., came in eighth out of 121 runners in the women's race, clocking a time of 18:23. It marked the second straight race the third-year runner has led the Seahawk women.
On the men's side, the Demon Deacons made it a sweep with 31 points. George Mason's Robert Reynolds led the field at 24:31.
O'Connor, meanwhile, finished with a time of 26:00 flat to come in 64th out of 146 men's entries. The Owings, Md., product also led the men for the second consecutive race.
The Seahawks are idle next weekend before competing in the CAA Championships Oct. 27 in Williamsburg, Va.
"With two weeks until CAA's, most of the hard work is done," Schwier added. "We'll have a big week of training this week and then start resting up to run strong at the CAA's."
UNCW Individual Women's Results: Ashley Wybersky, 8th, 18:23: Rachel Quinn, 34th, 19:01; Haley Kapheim, 36th, 19:05; Alyssa Torres, 42nd, 19:23; Sarah Alexander, 54th, 19:33; Kim Black, 56th, 19:38; Dakota Foskey, 59th, 19:46; Emily Mauro, 72nd, 20:06; Katy Haran, 73rd, 20:06; Jodi Robinson, 76th, 20:09; Alyson Arrington, 77th, 20:16; Terra Jackson, 80th, 20:22; Ryan Burns, 87th, 20:53; Cara Enright, 88th, 20:55; Meredith Bozzi, 92nd, 21:09; Signe Hardigan, 101st, 21:30.
UNCW Individual Men's Results: Ryan O'Connor, 64th, 26:00; Dylan Skinner, 65th, 26:00; John Riemer, 69th, 26:05; Cole Vaughn, 94th, 26:49; Brian Gottwalt, 108th, 27:22; Josh Drew, 123rd, 28:25; Mike Brewer, 131st, 29:15.