FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Stetson men's and women's cross country concluded their season by competing in the Atlantic Sun Championship race on Saturday. The men finished in ninth and the women finished in 10th.
"I thought the meet went really well," head coach Joe Matuszczak said. "Both teams went out there and gave it all they had on a gusty October morning."
In the men's race, USC Upstate won with a total score of 49 points, winning by a margin of four points over ETSU. Stetson finished with a total of 295 points, beating out Jacksonville.
"The guys team really put together a great race," Matuszczak said. "There were multiple personal bests, others were just off. All in all, it was a great job."
Andrew Epifanio was the top finisher for the Hatters, coming in 57th with a time of 27:45.40. The next runner to finish was Jeremy Butler, who crossed the finish line in 64th with a time of 28:37.1. Ryan Hodgins (29:21.2), Brian Dughi (29:21.8), and Kyle Burton (29:37.9) finished 67-69.
Andrew Townes was the next Hatter to finish the race, coming in 72nd with a time of 30:06.63. The final two Hatters to finish the race were Angelo Parkinson (31:03.4) and Cody Malloy (32:24.3), who finished in 74th and 75th, respectively.
In the women's race, Lipscomb came in first place with a total score of 40 points. Stetson finished with a total score of 293 points.
"The women ran as a strong pack for a majority of the race," Matuszczak said. "Many of them ran season and/or collegiate bests."
Stetson's top finisher was Trixi Menge, who finished in 55th with a time of 20:05.6. Following her was Sabrina Guszvany, who came in 58th with a time of 20:12.3. Alyssa Thompson finished the race with a time of 20:16.7 (61st).
The next two Hatters to finish were Jessica Cosgrove (20:55.0) and Emmie Wenzell (21:51.9), who finished in 70th and 76th. The final three Hatters to finish the race were Shannon Harrell (22:24.1), and (22:25.8), and Connie Compton (23:11.7), finishing in 68th, 69th, and 82nd, respectively.
"After a couple weeks of rest and recovery, I look forward to getting back out there," Matuszczak said. I am looking forward to get the athletes ready for their next goals. Next year is going to be a great year for Stetson cross country."
Men's Team Results: 1) USC Upstate 49; 2) ETSU 53; 3) Kennesaw State 85; 4) FGCU 110; 5) Mercer 126; 6) Northern Kentucky 135; 7) Lipscomb 142; 8) North Florida 159; 9) Stetson 295;
10) Jacksonville 305
Women's Team Results: 1) Lipscomb 40; 2) North Florida 63; 3) Jacksonville 105; 4) Kennesaw State 125; 5) ETSU 126; 6) Mercer 152; 7) FGCU 174; 8) Northern Kentucky; 9) USC Upstate 199; 10) Stetson 293