Cross Country

Howes runs to all-conference honors at SAC Cross Country Championships

GREENEVILLE, TN -- Mars Hill College captured both the men's and women's team titles at the 2001 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Cross Country championships Saturday morning at the Greene Valley Development Center. For both Mars Hill squads, it was their fifth consecutive SAC titles. The cross country championships are being held in conjunction with the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Fall Sports Festival. In the women's championship, the Lady Lions placed four runners in the top 10 as Mars Hill posted 36 points in defeating second place Carson-Newman College by 10. Host Tusculum College recorded their best SAC finish ever in third place with 93 points, while Lenoir-Rhyne College was fourth at 107. Wingate University (129) finished fifth, followed by Catawba College (142), Presbyterian College (149) and Newberry College (no score). Stacy Mark led Mars Hill with a course record time of 19:49 to garner SAC Runner of the Year honors. Tusculum rookie Amanda Musick finished second with a time of 19:56 earning SAC Freshman of Year accolades. In the men's race, Mars Hill boasted four harriers in the top 10 as the Lions held off Carson- Newman by 11 points (37 to 48) to win their fifth straight conference crown. Catawba finished third with 88 points, followed by Wingate (101), Newberry (108), Presbyterian (126), Tusculum (184) and Lenoir- Rhyne (no score). The 2001 SAC Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year is Wingate's Mike Vidumsky who won the men's race with a time of 27:29.32, the second best time ever on the 8K course. Carson-Newman's Eric Malkowski finished second at 28:28.04, while defending SAC champion Jesse Howes (Huntington, MA) of Catawba placed third with a time of 28:29.08. For the fourth straight year, Mars Hill's Mike Owens was named both the men and women's Conference Coach of the Year. He has won the award a total of five times for each sport. The 2001 NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals will be held at Hagan Stone Park in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, November 3. Women's 5K Race Team Results: 1. Mars Hill 36, 2.Carson-Newman 46, 3. Tusculum 93, 4. Lenoir-Rhyne 107, 5. Wingate 129, 6. CATAWBA 142, 7. Presbyterian 149, 8. Newberry DNS. Catawba Individuals 14. Rebecca DeFeo, 21:38 18. Twanita Jones, 23:28 29. Caitlin Koukal, 23:34 32. Tricia Bundy, 24:12 41. Kristin Eastmer, 25:16 45. Erin Phillips, 25:40 SAC Runner of the Year: Stacy Mark, Mars Hill SAC Freshman of the Year: Amanda Musick, Tusculum SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year: Kelli Miller, Wingate SAC Women's Coach of the Year: Mike Owens, Wingate All-South Atlantic Conference First Team - Stacy Mark, Mars Hill; Amanda Musick, Tusculum; Mitzi Carr, Mars Hill; Sue Lewis, Tusculum; Nikki Kehn, Carson-Newman; Tina Schowiak, Carson-Newman; Jennifer Sauceman, Carson-Newman Second Team - Nicki Hiemenga, Mars Hill; Becca Pizzi, Mars Hill; Erin Coulter, Lenoir-Rhyne; Gayren Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne; Jessica Brown, Carson-Newman; Kelli Miller, Wingate; Rebecca DeFeo, Catawba Men's 8K Race Team Results: 1. Mars Hill 37, 2. Carson-Newman 48, 3. CATAWBA 88, 4. Wingate 101, 5. Newberry 108, 6. Presbyterian 126, 7. Tusculum 184, 8. Lenoir-Rhyne DNS Catawba Individuals 3. Jesse Howes, 28:29 18. Justin Garzone, 30:01 20. Josh Houghton, 30:11 25. Steve Stamper, 30:41 26. Chad Horn, 31:42 41. Chris Slaughter, 32:06 SAC Runner of the Year: Mike Vidumsky, Wingate SAC Freshman of the Year: Mike Vidumsky, Wingate SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year: Jesse Howes, Catawba SAC Men's Coach of the Year: Mike Owens, Wingate All-South Atlantic Conference First Team - Mike Vidumsky, Wingate; Eric Malkowski, Carson-Newman; Jesse Howes, Catawba; Rocky Oakes, Mars Hill; Dustin Shinholser, Mars Hill; Tim Townsend, Mars Hill; Matt Titus, Newberry Second Team - Ben Jackson, Mars Hill; Wes Jones, Carson-Newman; Daniel Julian, Carson-Newman; Ryan Jones, Wingate; James Spickard, Carson-Newman; Brandon Downey, Newberry; Adam Stewart, Lenoir-Rhyne. #######

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