|Harriers Finish Second, Fifth At Towson|
HUNT VALLEY, Maryland – The UNCW men finished second overall and the women took fifth place at the Towson Cross Country Invitational early Saturday at scenic Oregon Ridge State Park.
Competing in ideal conditions on the same course that will host the CAA Championships on Nov. 2, senior John Riemer came in sixth place out of 48 entries to top UNCW’s men, while senior Ashley Wybersky paced the Seahawk women with a 20th place finish.
Navy won the 8K men’s race with 35 points, with UNCW (61) and the College of Charleston (71) claiming second and third. James Madison won the women’s 5K run with 35 points ahead of Delaware (42) and the College of Charleston (80).
“It was a great measuring stick, both against the teams from the CAA and the course,” said Layne Schwier, UNCW assistant cross country/track and field coach. “We had a solid day. It was important for us to see this course, so we can better prepare both mentally and physically over the next six weeks when we return. It's a tough course with a lot of ups and downs.”
Riemer, from Monkton, Md., covered the rolling 8K layout in his home state in 26:38 and was followed closely by Nifong, a transfer from Appalachian State. Riemer has been UNCW’s top men’s runner in all three races this fall.
Schwier said: “The men ran solid behind John leading the way. He battled back and forth with Charleston's number two runner and lost out in the end, but that will help motivate him even more. Zack ran a great race for us today. We weren't 100 percent, so I'm encouraged. We beat two CAA teams and only lost to Navy, though it was their B team.”
Wybersky, a veteran runner from Manassas, Va., was the top runner on the women’s team for the third straight race and closed with an 18:56 time on the 5K course.
“Our women ran well for the difficulty of the course,” added Schwier. “We expected JMU and Delaware to battle at the front and hoped to compete with Charleston and Towson. We came up short on both of those, but they are beatable. We beat Towson at the 3-4-5 spots, but they had the individual champion and that single point is hard to overcome.
“I was particularly pleased with Rachel Quinn and Haley Kapheim today. We need them to be up there with Ashley and they were today. Dakota (Foskey) and Michaela (Moran) also ran strong to round out our scoring five. Despite the hills, something we aren't accustomed to obviously, I thought both teams handled it well. We know we have a lot to do over the next six weeks to come back stronger and more fit. We have to stay focused on the little things each day and take it one workout at a time.”
The Seahawks return to action on Oct. 5 when the teams compete in the Mason Invitational in Leesburg, Va.
Final Towson Invitational Women’s Team Results: James Madison, 35; Delaware, 42; College of Charleston, 80, Towson, 107: UNCW, 120; Morgan State, 166; Hofstra, 178, District of Columbia, 256; Bowie State, 275.
UNCW Individual Women’s Results: Ashley Wyberksy, 20th, 18:56; Rachel Quinn, 22nd, 18:59; Haley Kapheim, 24th, 19:03; Dakota Foskey, 30th, 19:24; Michaela Moran, 31st, 19:25; Kim Black, 42nd, 20;03; Hannah Riordan, 54th, 20:32; Sarah Goodnight, 58th, 20:56; Parker Navarro, 64th, 21:12.
Final Towson Invitational Men’s Team Results: Navy, 35; UNCW, 61; College of Charleston, 71; Hofstra, 83; Morgan State, 144; Coppin State, 157; Bowie State, 176.
UNCW Individual Men’s Results: John Riemer, 6th, 26:38; Zach Nifong, 7th, 26:39; Dylan Skinner, 16th, 27:24; Will Bunch, 17th, 27:26; Colin Kern, 19th, 27:36; Casey Buddenbaum, 24th, 28:54;