2017 Men's Cross Country/Distance Track
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Men's Cross Country - Sat, Aug. 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Point University's Rebecca Guadiana (SR/Oak View, CA) won the women's 5000-meter race by 26 seconds and led the Skyhawks to a first-place team finish among three schools at the Cougar Cross Country Challenge, hosted by Godby High School at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday, Aug. 25.  The Skyhawks men's and women's teams both began their 2017 season on the 5000-meter course.


Point's men's team also won the team competition over Tallahassee Community College, 23-34, and placed its top five runners among the top seven finishers.  Freshman Donquarius Chappell (Trumann, Ark) placed second among 16 runners on the 5000-meter course with a time of 19:03.83, which was 36.90 seconds behind the race winner, Gatlin Nennstiel from Tallahassee Community College.


Guadiana, a three-time All-Appalachian Athletics Conference runner and three-time NAIA National Meet qualifier, crossed the line first with a time of 22:46.14, well ahead of Meagan Giddens from Tallahassee Community College who recorded a time of 23:12.56, and Olnick Duvergee from Tallahassee C.C. with a time of 26:20.75.  Point won the team competition with 25 points and placed its top five runners among the first eight finishers.  Tallahassee Community College placed second with 45 points, and Florida State College finished third with 60.


WOMEN'S DIVISION:  Point supported Guadiana's first-place finish with a fourth-place finish by senior Abby Contreras (Peachtree City, GA) in 26:41.72 and a fifth-place placement by sophomore Ashley Kaeser (Rincon, GA) with a time of 27:13.18.  Point continued its excellent team grouping with a seventh-place effort from sophomore Amanda Dalton (Melbourne, Fla.), who recorded a time of 28:30.75 in her first collegiate race, and an eighth-place placement by senior Shelby Garritson (Fullerton, Calif.), who ran a time of 28:30.91.


Senior Celly Ruiz (Ontario, Calif.), an NAIA All-American  and AAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year in 2016, placed tenth in her first collegiate race with a time of 30:27.15, and senior Kimberly Irvin (Atlanta, GA)  placed 13th among the 17 runners with a time of 35:39.48.


MEN'S DIVISION:  Coach Zachery Tyler entered all 11 of his male runners in the race and six placed in the top 11.  Donquarius Chappell ran second with a time of 19:03.83, and senior Rafa Hewett (Lewiston, Ida.), Point's all-time record holder in singles and doubles victories in four seasons of men's tennis, placed third with a time of 19:10.00 in his first collegiate cross-country race.


Junior Tyler Agan (Locust Grove, GA), Point's number one runner most of the last two seasons, placed fifth with a time of 19:21.97, and freshman Nico Seaton (Cumming, GA) ran sixth with a clocking of 19:52.05.  Senior Brayton Gineris (McDonough, GA), also a member of Point's AAC Championship men's golf squad in 2017, placed seventh with a time of 20:00.71, and sophomore Drew Duram (LaGrange, Ga.) ran ninth with a time of 22:09.97.  Senior Steven Tracy (Saint Simons Island, GA), who also plays tennis for Point, completed Point's top seven with a 12th-place finish with a time of 22:29.88.


Senior Clay Cofer (McDonough, GA) placed 13th with a time of 22:39.63, and senior Roberto Carrizosa (Phoenix, Ariz), who led the Point men's soccer team in goals in 2016, placed 14th with a time of 23:48.64.  Sophomore Gage Brasher (Ashland, Ala.) placed 15th with a time of 23:49.84, and freshman Luis Garcia (Rincon, GA) placed 16th with a time of 25:48.61.


NEXT MEET:  Point races next at the Reinhardt University Invitational at Boling Park in Canton, Ga., Friday, Sept. 1.  The men's 6000-meter race begins at 6 p.m., and the women's 4000-meter event begins approximately one hour later.  Guadiana placed fifth among 43 runners at last season's Reinhardt Invitational.