NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Gallaudet University men's and women's cross country teams raced in the Captain Chris Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University at Lee Hall Mansion on Saturday and finished fifth and fourth, respectively, overall.
Christopher Newport University won both the men's and women's team competitions. The CNU women's team had four runners place in the top 10 while the Captains' men's team had five runners in the top 10.
Junior Crystal Padilla (Riverside, Calif.) led the way for the Bison women's team as she completed the 5K course in 24 minutes, 50 seconds, to place 20th overall. One minute later, junior Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) crossed the finish line in 22nd place (25:50). Senior Shadoe Williamson (Austin, Texas) was close behind and clocked in at 29:05. Senior Roberta Dunlap (West Valley City, Utah) and sophomore Elizabeth Reza (Jefferson, Ga.) finished back-to-back at 31:05 and 31:06, respectively. Melissa Teeple of Marymount (Va.) University was the fastest runner on the 5K course as she crossed the finish line in 19:41.
Eight runners represented Gallaudet's men's team on the 8K course. Sophomore Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) ran the top time for the Bison as he placed 22nd overall out of a field of 38 runners with a time of 29:45. Freshman Michael Clark (Portland, Ore.) was the next Bison to cross the finish line in 27th place (31:41). Junior Felix Ramirez (Anaheim, Calif.) placed 31st (34:15) followed by fellow juniors Braden Forbes (DeLand, Fla.), Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.) and freshman Michael Hokanson (Eau Claire, Wis.). Forbes, Carino and Hokanson finished one after another in 33rd (34:17), 34th (36:06) and 35th place (36:24), respectively. Sophomore Neal Matthews (Kent Island, Md.) clocked in at 40:40. Shortly after fellow sophomore Brian Llanes (Miami, Fla.) crossed the finish line at 41:21. Paul McNeil of Georgia College was the fastest men's runner as he won the 8K race in 26:42.
The cross country teams will travel to Utica Park in Frederick, Md., for the Hood College Open Meet next Saturday, Oct. 19.