Cross Country

Willis wins Cross Country event

SWANNANOA, NC – Catawba’s men were fourth, while the women did not score at the fourth annual Land of the Sky Invitational on Saturday. The meet was hosted by Mars Hill College and Warren Wilson College (WWC) and held on the WWC campus. Conditions were wet and soggy due to overnight rainfall. The women's event missed rainfall but the men raced in both steady rain and drizzle. Brevard College scored a team low 32 points to win the women’s event, while Mars Hill scored a team low 37 points to win men’s race. Freshman Ryan Willis (Jonesboro, GA) won the men's race with a time of 28:05. He edged out Mars Hill's James Thompson (Demorest, GA) by just two seconds to win the event. Willis has finished in one of the top four spots in every race he has entered this season and last Monday was named the SAC Runner of the Week for the first time this year. Jesse Howes (Huntington, MA) finished third overall in a time of 28:31. In the women’s race, Mars Hill's Stacy Mark (New Carlisle, IN) took top honors and set a new course record with a time of 20:15. Mark finished a minute and a half ahead of the next closest runner. Catawba was led by freshman Carol Marquis (Medina, OH) for the fourth straight race. She was seventh in a time of 22:18. Rebecca DeFeo (Cape May Courthouse, NJ) was 15th, running a time of 23:02. Men’s Race Team Results: 1. Mars Hill 37, 2. Brevard 76, 3. Lincoln Memorial 79, 4. CATAWBA 97, 5. So. Virginia 113, 6. Presbyterian 152, 7. So. Wesleyan 177, UVA-Wise 186, Montreat DNS, Warren Wilson DNS Catawba Individuals 1. Ryan Willis, 28:05 3. Jesse Howes, 28:31 25. Justin Garzone, 31:16 35. Steve Stamper, 32:33 41. Trey McNamee, 33:40 42. Chris Slaughter, 33:48 61. Chad Horn, 39:45 Women’s Race Team Results: 1. Brevard 32, 2. Mars Hill 56, 3. So. Virginia 86, 4. Lincoln Memorial 106, 5. Presbyterian 112, 6. So. Wesleyan 132, 7. Montreat 195, CATAWBA DNS, Warren Wilson DNS, UVA-Wise DNS. Catawba Individuals 7. Carol Marquis, 22:18 15. Rebecca DeFeo, 23:02 29. Erin Phillips, 24:44 32. Twanita Jones, 25:07 #######

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