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Eagle Running Teams Both Finish In Top Five

(Posted October 9, 2004)

Justin Fritzius finished 11th and helped the Eagle men to an impressive third-place team finish at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational.

Pittsburgh, Pa. ? The Juniata College men?s and women?s cross country teams continue to run well as they approach the stretch run of the season, this time the Eagles posted a pair of strong team performances at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon. Running particularly well were the Eagle men who finished third out of a field of 14 complete teams. The Eagle women were also strong, placing fifth as a team in a field of 12 complete squads

MEN?S

After a strong run last week, Justin Fritzius (Central York/York) was strong again for Juniata, this time pacing the men?s team with an 11th-place finish. The junior covered the 8K course in a time of 27:28 to lead the Eagle team. Just nine seconds behind him, with a time of 27:37 was Chris Sheaffer (Central York/York) who placed 14th in the men?s race. Mike Vella (Hollidaysburg/Hollidaysburg) was third for Juniata and 20th overall, coming home in a time of 27:57. Then came the Eagle freshmen who continue to run solid races in their first season of collegiate racing. Shawn Rummery (Thornton Academy/Dayton, Me.) was right behind Vella, placing 21st in the race in a time of 28:01. Another freshman, Ryan Conrad (Waynesboro/Waynesboro) rounded out the top five, with his time of 28:53 earning him a 36th-place finish. Jason Hoover (Brandywine/Wilmington, De.) was sixth for the Eagles finishing 43rd with a time of 29:37, and Eric Hoover (Brandywine/Wilmington, De.) was 47th running a time of 30:09. Juniata finished with 102 points as a team.

Nick End of the winning team Carnegie Mellon was the overall winner of the men?s race, running a time of 26:05.

WOMEN'S

The Eagle women earned 128 points for a fifth-place finish as a team, 11 points behind the fourth-place team. Nancy Hayes (Westminster/Westminster, Md.) placed 12th overall and first for the Eagles. She ran the 5K course in a time of 19:55. Katey Glunt (Bellefonte/Bellefonte) was right behind Hayes finishing one spot behind her teammate and running an identical time of 19:55 with the pair split by hundredths of a second. Sarah Bay (Central Dauphin/Harrisburg) was the third runner for Juniata, with her time of 20:40 good for a 31st-place finish. Lauren Gates (Bishop Guilfoyle/Altoona) was directly behind her, finishing 32nd with a time of 20:50. Lia Bella (Morris Catholic/Rockaway, N.J.) was the fifth runner for the Eagles, placing 40th and running a time of 21:09. Christina Jones (Fallston/Bel Air, Md.) held the sixth position for Juniata placing 47th and posting a time of 21:23. Finally, Meghan Fahy (Brandywine/Wilmington, De.) improved by nearly two minutes on her run from last week, and placed 52nd. She ran the course in a time of 21:56.

Grove City was the top team on the women?s side, with Elisa Pedersen leading the team as the top individual runner with a time of 18:27.

Juniata will return to a course it has already run this season next weekend when the Eagles compete at the Penn State Invitational.

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