MELBOURNE, Fla.,(cross country) — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University won the men’s and women’s team titles at the 2006 Florida Tech Cross Country
Invitational held earlier today at Wickham Park.
In the men’s team competition, the Eagles placed five runners in the top-10 to finish with 27 points, easily outdistancing Florida Gulf Coast and Nova
Southeastern, which both earned 59 points. FGCU was awarded second place, based on having a faster sixth runner than NSU, which took third place. Host
Florida Tech claimed fourth place with 90 points, while Johnson and Wales did not enter enough runners to earn a team score.
On the women’s side, the team competition was a bit tighter, as Embry-Riddle took home the title with 54 points, narrowly edging runner-up Nova
Southeastern, which logged 61 points, and third-place Florida Gulf Coast, which recorded 67 points. Host Florida Tech placed fourth with 76 points,
followed by Palm Beach Atlantic and Pasco-Hernando Community College, with 83 and 153 points, respectively. Johnson and Wales did not enter enough runners
to earn a team score.
Florida Tech received strong individual performances in both the men’s and women’s races. Senior Jared Doescher (Hillsboro, Ore.) was the Panthers’ top
male runner, placing ninth with an 8K time of 27:59.90. Junior Carolyn Salois (Palm Bay, Fla.) led the Panther women, finishing ninth with a 5K time of
Other Panther men completing the course included junior Joe Peterson (Litchfield, N.H., 15th, 28:28.98), junior David Stephens (North Royalton, Ohio, 24th,
29:52.45), junior Sam Golden (Fort Myers, Fla., 29th, 30:42.71), junior Shane Ferguson (Buena Vista, Va., 31st, 30:47.00), sophomore Max Goldfarb
(Baltimore, Md., 33rd, 31:13.04), junior Ryan Gauthier (Mystic, Conn., 35th, 32:40.09), sophomore Andy Herron (Jacobs, Pa., 37th, 33:41.59), freshman Kyle
Kirk (Warrenton, Va., 39th, 36:19.52) and freshman Calvin Emery (York, Pa., 40th, 37:38.79).
The Panther women’s team was the only female squad to place five runners in the top-20. Including Salois, other finishers included freshman Megan Pierce
(Seely, Wisc., 16th, 21:34.61), freshman Nicole Aia (Stormville, N.Y., 17th, 21:35.61), senior Amy Bennett (Austin, Tex., 19th, 21:46.36), senior Jamie
Wagner (Arlington Heights, Ill., 20th, 21:47.72), junior Trevi Jenkins (Towson, Md., 31st, 23:11.58) and freshman Jen Lindsay (Sugar Grove, Ill., 36th,
Embry-Riddle’s Nick Gehlsew finished first among male runners, turning in time of 26:24.53 and winning by almost 17 seconds. Palm Beach Atlantic’s Allison
Tittle was the top female runner, completing the course in 19:29.03, almost 27 seconds quicker than the next closest runner.
Other top runners for the various participating men’s teams were Aaron Kolterjahn of Nova Southeastern (3rd, 27:00.56), Mike Harney of Florida Gulf Coast
(5th, 27:19.37) and Brian O’Donnell of Johnson and Wales (34th, 31:29.32).
Top runners for participating women’s teams were Alex Salinas of Florida Gulf Coast (3rd, 20:12.87), Abbie Zaspel of Florida Gulf Coast (5th, 20:26.90),
Bethany Brenkus of Nova Southeastern (6th, 20:33.27), Danielle Florem of Pasco-Hernando CC (24th, 22:18:05) and Cassandra Scott of Johnson and Wales (47th,
MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1. Embry-Riddle 27
2T. Nova Southeastern 59
2T. Florida Gulf Coast 59
4. Florida Tech 90
Johnson and Wales nts
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1. Embry-Riddle 54
2. Nova Southeastern 61
3. Florida Gulf Coast 67
4. Florida Tech 76
5. Palm Beach Atlantic 83
6. Pasco-Hernando CC 153
Johnson and Wales nts