Ketter, Brown Earn All-MEAC at Cross Country Championships
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats concluded the 2013 season on Saturday morning on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. Two men’s squad Wildcats logged top-15 performances to lead to team to a sixth place finish. The women’s team earned 10th place overall.
After finishing as the squad’s runner-up across the majority of the season, junior newcomer Daniel Ketter pushed into the men’s top spot at the championships, finishing 10th in a time of 26:24.80 in the 8k race, a new personal record. Ricy Brown finished in 26:39.80 for 13th place. Ketter and Brown earned All-MEAC honors.
The men’s team earned a program-high sixth place team finish under Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Donald Cooper, improving five spots on the 2012 finish with a score of 195.
“Ricy and Daniel did well,” Distance Coach Garon Jackson commented. “They both work extremely hard, and for both to be All-MEAC is a testament to what Coach Cooper is trying to do with the distance program.”
Florida A&M won its second consecutive title and fourth overall. Five student-athletes finished among the top 20 for FAMU, led by MEAC Outstanding Performer Elias Chesire.
Much like the men’s placement switch of the men’s team, senior Kirsten Taylor wrapped up her B-CU cross country career taking charge of the top spot for the women, running a time of 19:44.20 to finish 22nd. Freshman Nyajock Pan ran a 20:24.50 to cross the line in 37th, while Morgan Brown (21:06.20) was 48th, Alexys Lewis (23:14.30) was 67th, Jessica Ceide (24:26.80) was 74th and Jessica DeRoux (25:06.10) was 78th.
“Kirsten led the women by staying consistent,” Jackson said. “Like I’ve said for weeks, we have to be healthy and continue to work hard. Our focus is on improving the team.”
The women’s team finished 10th overall in the team standings with a 232 point score.
Florida A&M completed the 2013 title sweep, repeating as women’s champions with a score of 52 points to win its sixth overall MEAC title. Morgan State’s Ashley Seymour was named Outstanding Performer, finishing first in the 5k race.
Today’s meet concludes the 2013 season for the Wildcats, who now move on to indoor track & field, which will open for Bethune-Cookman in early January 2014.
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