GAINESVILLE, FLA. (November 12, 2005) - The ETSU men's cross country team completed its 2005 campaign Saturday morning with a 12th place finish at the NCAA South Regional hosted by the University of Florida.
Alabama claimed the team title in the 20-team field with 40 points, narrowly edging second place Florida State by seven points. Both squads earned automatic bids to the national championship meet in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 21.
The Bucs were led by sophomore Jordan Ladd (Lyn, Ontario), who finished the 10k course in 32:15.62, good for a 48th place finish. Michael Deren (Blasdell, N.Y.) was the second Buccaneer to cross the finish line, completing the race in 59th place with a time of 32:48.78. Jeff Crane (tailors, S.C.) and Bernard Towett (Nairobi, Kenya) finished 66th an 68th, respectively. Crane closed with a time of 33:03.82, and Towett came in at 33:07.03. Joshua Hicks (Riceville, Tenn.) rounded out the ETSU scoring, finishing 109th in 34:20.31.
Senior Peter Dalton (Dublin, Ireland), competing in his final collegiate meet, finished 115th with a time of 34:34.40. Also competing for the Buccaneers was Abdi Chepkwony (Nairobi, Kenya), who finished 124th in 35:10.68.
Three members from the Lady Bucs squad competed in the women's side of the competition with Heather Adkins (Kansas City, Mo.) leading the way with a 77th place finish, closing out the 6k course in 23:04.72. Senior Christine Ward (Candler, N.C.) finished her college career with an 84th place finish, completing the course in 23:15.38. MacKenzie LaBonte (Port Charlotte, Fla.) finished 138th in 24:24.98.
The Bucs cross country season is now complete, but the track and field squad will open the indoor season December 2 at the Clemson Indoor Opener.