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Brown Wins JU Short Course Duals to Open 2013 Season

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Dodging a band of coastal storms, Bethune-Cookman cross country got the 2013 campaign off to a great start, Friday evening at the JU Short Course Duals. The Wildcats tallied five top 10 finishes, including one individual champion.

“We wanted them to take the race serious and wanted to see where there competition level was,” Head Coach Donald Cooper said.

Individually, the Wildcats’ leaders proved themselves, setting a great standard for the rest of the season.

Expected to lead the team this season, junior Ricy Brown not only led B-CU, but topped the entire field, finishing first overall with a time of 17:15.0 in the 5.1k race. Curtis Riggins (19:09.0) and Ronald Simpson (19:20.0) also made appearances in the top 10, finishing seventh and 10th, respectively. Nnamdi Davis (22:05.0) at 18th and Kevin Lewis (24:40.0) at 22nd rounded out the Wildcats performers.

The men’s squad finished with a combined time of 1:42:29.0, topping Kennesaw State, but falling just behind meet host Jacksonville.

On the women’s side, Kirsten Taylor led the way, finishing third in a time of 14:40.0. Freshman Nyajock Pan made an outstanding first performance to open her collegiate career, coming in seventh in 15:01.0. Morgan Brown (15:43.0) finished 13th, Alexys Lewis (17:46.0) was 24th and Jessica DeRoux (18:48.0) crossed in 25th.

The women finished third with a total time of 1:21:58.0, topping Savannah State.

“The Jacksonville meet was great start for our top runners,” Distance Coach Garon Jackson said. “Ricy dominated the race from the start, and he's continuing to develop into a good distance runner. Kirsten looks very strong and she improved her time from last year by one minute. She went out hard and maintained a nice rhythm.”

The Wildcats cross country team returns to action next Saturday (Sept. 7) in Florida A&M’s Bobby Lane Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla., beginning at 9 a.m.

For all the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, including meet results and recaps, visit Be sure to follow the official Twitter feeds at @BCUathletics and @CookmanTrack or "Like Us" on Facebook at BCUAthletics.

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