ATLANTA, Ga. - Both Liberty and North Alabama's teams captured meet victories in the second weekend of competition for ASUN Conference Men's Cross Country.
Liberty continued its strong start to the season at the FGCU Invitational where Felix Kandie claimed his second-consecutive individual victory. He finished the 8K with a time of 26:41.89 and paced the Flames' 1-2-3 showing at the site of the 2019 ASUN Men's Cross Country Championship. Stetson finished second in the race with their top finishers Tristen Montalvo (4th), Josephy Tolman (5th) and Hillary Melly (7th). FGCU had top finishers in Lucas Kiprotich (6th) and Boniface Mutai (8th); the Eagles finished third.
FGCU Invitational 8K: Top Performers
1. Felix Kandie, Liberty - 26:41.89
2. Ryan Drew, Liberty - 26:45.07
3. Joe Spitzer, Liberty - 26:45.11
4. Tristen Montalvo, Stetson - 26:56.74
5. Joseph Tolman, Stetson - 26:59.76
6. Lucas Kiprotich, FGCU - 27:06.94
7. Hillary Melly, Stetson - 27:14.11
8. Boniface Mutai, FGCU - 27:18.00
North Alabama outlasted nine other schools to win the program's first home meet since 2007. Junior Peyton Ewoldt was the top finisher for the Lions with a time of 25:59.8. Brandon Lee turned in a time of 26:28.3 (5th), while Connor Simms was close behind at 26:36.8 (6th). North Alabama will be action next at the John McNichols Invitational on Sept. 21st.
UNA Invitational 8K: Top Performers
4. Peyton Ewoldt - 25:59.8
5. Brandon Lee - 26:28.3
6. Connor Simms - 26:36.8
At the Fordham Fiasco 8K, Ryan Budhu was NJIT's top finisher with a time of 27:21.35 (13th). Other top finishers for the Highlanders were Gavin Camby and Robert Spies. The team finished fourth in a field of 12. NJIT will be in action next at the Ted Owen Invitational on Sept. 28th.
Fordham Fiasco 8K: Top Performers
13. Ryan Budhu - 27:21.35
28. Gavin Camby - 27:57.52
35. Robert Spies - 28:02.49
Saturday, Sept. 14th
Kennesaw State & Lipscomb at Commodore Classic - Nashville, Tenn.
FGCU, Jacksonville & North Florida at Mountain Dew Invitational - Gainesville, Fla.