Indians compete at PC Cross Country Invitational
Saturday, October 1, 2005 | by Women finish seventh, men perform well

CLINTON, S.C. - Newberry's women cross country team finished seventh at the Presbyterian College Cross Country Invitational Friday while several Indians ran well on the men's side. Laura Banda led the women with a time of 21:26.22 in the 5k run while Jack Holden paced the men with a time of 29:47.80 in the 8k race.

"Lauren Hartley, Olga Kuzmenkova, and Heather Warren set personal records and each of the other seven girls ran their fastest time for the season," said Newberry's top notch head coach Jamy Bechler. "Today was an extremely good day for our women's program.  We had 2 weeks off since our last meet and took advantage of that with some hard training that paid off.  We will now have another two weeks off before our next meet and hope to capitalize on that time to train.  Three weeks until the conference meet, which has been our goal all season long.  We closed the gap on the teams ahead of us and beat a couple of teams that had beaten us at the last race.  Once again, our girls were very strong at the end of the race beating a number of key opponents to pick up valuable points.  I was very proud of them today."

Banda ran a season best mark for the Lady Indians, close to a minute faster than her previous season best mark, finishing 17th overall. Olga Kuzmenkova finished 25th with a time of 21:58.20 while Heather Warren was just behind Kuzmenkova at 28th with a time of 22:01.33.

On the men's side, Holden continued to pace the Indians, finishing 20th while Josh Smith placed 28th with a time of 30:42.03.

Newberry Cross Country next competes at the Erskine Invitational on October 13 before heading to the South Atlantic Conference Championships.

Men's Team Scores
1. Spartanburg Methodist College 43
2. North Greenville College 83
3. Presbyterian College 96
4. Francis Marion University 102
5. Southern Wesleyan University 136
6. Limestone College 146
7. Erskine College 148
8. Catawba College --
9. Morris College --
10. Newberry College --
11. Unattached --

Newberry Men
20. #0179 @Holden, Jack - NEW (20)29:47.80
38. #0181 @Smith, Josh - NEW (35)30:42.03
52. #0180 @Fulmore, Louis - NEW (46)33:09.90
55. #0176 @Burgess, Bobby - NEW (49)33:18.68
-- #0177 @Fraiser, Antoinne - NEW (--)Did Not Finish
-- #0178 *Hinds, Alonzo - NEW (--)Did Not Finish
-- #0182 *Williams, Josh - NEW (--)Did Not Finish

Women's Team Scores
1. Lander University 37
2. Southern Wesleyan University 38
3. Spartanburg Methodist College 94
4. Presbyterian College 113
5. Catawba College 149
6. North Greenville College 163
7. Newberry College 168
8. Erskine College 176
9. Morris College 250
10. Limestone College 310
11. Francis Marion University --

Newberry Women
17. #0183 Banda, Laura - NEW (17)21:26.22
25. #0185 Kuzmenkova, Olga - NEW (25)21:58.20
28. #0194 Warren, Heather - NEW (28)22:01.33
47. #0184 Hartley, Lauren - NEW (47)23:40.23
51. #0193 Wallcup, Danielle - NEW (51)24:10.48
59. #0188 *Moretz, Meghan - NEW (57)25:33.76
60. #0187 *Miller, Tanea - NEW (58)25:37.98
65. #0186 **Leal, Paula - NEW (--)27:56.77
66. #0190 **Polson, Katie - NEW (--)27:58.40
69. #0192 **Vigel, Allegra - NEW (--)29:29.07
-- #0189 **Mortimer, Autise - NEW (--)Did Not Finish
-- #0191 **Tupper, Stephanie - NEW (--)Did Not Finish