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Cross country teams face Messiah and Gettysburg in tri-meet

(Posted September 26, 2009)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College men's and women's cross country teams squared off against Messiah College and Gettysburg College in a tri-meet on Saturday, with the Eagle men's team posting a split while the women's squad fell to both the Falcons and the Bullets.

In the men's 8k race, Matt Bailey (East Petersburg, Pa./Hempfield) finished second overall in a time of 27:05 - just four seconds off the winning time - to lead Juniata to a 16-47 win over Gettysburg. However Messiah posted six finishers among the top ten, leading the Falcons to a 22-25 win over Juniata.

Ceth Parker (Sabillasville, Md./Catoctin) was fifth overall with a time of 28:01, while Sam Williams (Roaring Spring, Pa./Central) was ninth in a time of 28:24.

Juniata's next three finishers crossed the line in 14th through 16th place: Ryan Trexler in 29:09, Steve Schmitt in 29:18, and Jon Pfadenhauer in 29:35.

In the women's 5k event, Laura Rupprecht (Brunswick, Md./Jefferson) was third in a time of 20:33, followed by Jessica Koenig in eighth place in 21:14. Newcomer Caroline Morgan (Havertown, Pa./Haverford Township) was ninth in 21:21.

Further down the list of finishers, Megan McQuillan (Severna Park, Md./Seton Keough) was 18th in a time of 21:53, with Anne Wakabayashi (El Cajon, Calif./Academy of Our Lady of Peace) in 21st place in 22:04.

As a team, the women dropped both ends of the tri-meet, falling 25-31 to Gettysburg and 21-38 to Messiah.

Both Juniata cross country teams will run at the Catholic Preview meet next Saturday, Oct. 3, in Washington, D.C.

Complete men's results
Complete women's results

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