Sept. 18, 2009
BOONE, NC – The Clemson women finished runner-up and the men’s team was fourth Friday afternoon at the Mountaineer Open on the campus of Appalachian State University. It was the second meet of the young season for the Tiger cross country teams.
The women tallied 60 points, finishing behind only the host Mountaineers (49). UNC Wilmington was third out of 10 teams in the women’s race with 65 points. On the men’s side, Ohio State won with 27 points. Queens University recorded 41, while Appalachian State was third with 68. Clemson was fourth with 106 total points.
Kelsey Armstrong, ACC Performer-of-the-Week on Sept. 7, was well back but did manage a third-place finish. She had a time of 18:47.54 in her first trip to Boone.
Alyssa Kulik recorded her first-ever top-10 finish for the women’s squad. The product of Simpsonville, SC had a time of 19:18.87 and was ninth. Stephanie Buffo (20:06.02 – 23rd) and Ashley Vaughn (20:16.24 – 29th) rounded out the scoring efforts for the women.
In the men’s race, which covered approximately 6400 meters, Chris Slate was Clemson’s top finisher in 15th place. The Delaware native posted a time of 20:46.92. He was followed by Jonathan Sunde in 17th place. He had a time of 20:49.75. Chad Holt was the team’s No. 3 scorer Friday after crossing the finish line with a time of 20:57.41.
Tyler Morey (21:12.95 – 29th) and Blake Kennedy (21:25.11 – 37th) were the final two scorers Friday evening for the Tiger men’s team. Clemson had a split of just 38 seconds from its first to fifth runners.
The teams return to action on Friday, Oct. 2 for the Charlotte Invitational.
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