Columbus State men's and women's cross country win meet in Charlotte

FROM STAFF REPORTSSeptember 28, 2013 

The Columbus State men's and women's cross country teams took first place in the College Division of the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.

The men's team came in just ahead of Georgia Regents to win the College Division, which was made up of 16 schools.

The Cougars also beat USC Upstate, Marshall and Tennessee Tech, all Division I teams in a higher division of the meet.

Jacob Dirkman finished 14th overall and fifth in the College Division with a time of 25:35.4.

Ryan McFall posted a time of 25:50.0, good enough for seventh, and Cody Mallchok finished at 26:21.2, for a 14th-place finish.

Other runners and times for CSU were Nathan Reeves (26:42.1), Stephen Bowers (27:16.2), Daniel Ellis (28:31.5) and Ian Edwards (31:37.4).

On the women's side of the meet Columbus State defeated 16 teams in the College Division, including four other schools from the Peach Belt Conference.

The Lady Cougars also finished ahead of Miami, USC Upstate and Marshall, as well as five other Division I schools.

The Lady Cougars have won each of the three meets they have competed in this season.

Moneque English finished in sixth in the College Division with a time of (22:21.7). Rayna Green came in 12th with a mark of 22:43, and Caroline Rotich posted 22:50.3, good enough for 14th.

Other runners and times for the Lady Cougars were Renee Usher (23:02.4), Kaitlynn Howard (23:21.3), Shelby Nelson (24:46.9) and Samantha Hollis (24:54.7).

The Columbus State men's and women's teams will compete again Saturday at the JSU Gem of the Hills Invitational in Jacksonville, Ala. Both teams from CSU won the competition last year.

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