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Clean sweep for Central women

Women's cross country | Oct. 1, 2010

CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College women’s cross country team took the top six places at the Lamb-Kohawk Invitational Friday evening, scoring a perfect 15 points to take the team title for the second straight year.

Mel McDermott (sophomore, Britt, West Hancock HS) won the first collegiate cross country race of her career, finishing in 24 minutes, 21 seconds over the 6,000-meter course to lead the Dutch to their first invitational victory of the season.

“Mel ran an extremely good race,” said associate head coach Stephen Fyfe. “She ran about the same time as her race at St. Olaf two weeks ago, but it was a tougher course and she was doing it by herself. “

Claudia Garcia (senior, Iowa City, City HS) was the second Dutch runner across the line in 24:48 to place second with Daphne Baumgartner (freshman, Perry) close behind in third (25:15). Sara Crippen (senior, Williamsburg), Amanda Melcher (sophomore, Libertyville, Fairfield), and Amanda Dunkin (freshman, Pella) finished fourth (25:33), fifth (25:36), and sixth (25:41) respectively. Jenna Broghamer (sophomore, Iowa City, West HS) was eighth (26:11) to round out Central’s varsity squad.

Fyfe also cited progress with Melcher.

“Amanda really stepped it up in practice last week and followed it up with a solid race,” said Fyfe.

The Dutch finished well ahead of runner-up Coe with 48 points.

“Overall we were very pleased with the women today,” said Fyfe. “They really attacked the second half of the race, which is something we emphasized today.”

O’Brien leads men—Freshman Austin O’Brien (Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) finished fifth in the men’s 8,000-meter race in a time of 27:39 to lead the Central men to a second-place finish behind host Coe.

“Austin ran a good race,” said Fyfe. “He’s been very consistent this season.”

The Dutch took the six of the next seven spots. Ben Schornack (sophomore, Urbandale) was sixth (27:45), followed by Andrew Hamer (junior, Murray) in seventh (27:52) while John Gonzalez (sophomore, San Antonio, Texas, Brackenridge HS) was eighth (27:54).

“Ben has been coming on strong the last few weeks,” said Fyfe. “He really put together a nice race today.”

Fyfe also cited Schornack’s strong finish.

“He ran 13 seconds faster over the second half of the race,” said Fyfe. “That’s tough to do on a challenging course like we had today.”

Brandon Clough (sophomore, Marshalltown, GMG HS) led the next group of Dutch runners, finishing in 10th (28:11) with freshmen Jon Klein (Pella) and Cody Doughan (Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) taking 11th (28:18) and 12th (28:33) respectively.

“Brandon has been struggling a little bit in practice this last week,” said Fyfe. “But he bounced back with a solid race today.”

The Central men scored 36 points to finish second behind host Coe (19 points).

“We were a little disappointed with the men’s race, but we had a tough week of training this week,” said Fyfe. “This was just a little bump in the road. We’ll get back on track.”

Both squads have next weekend off before travelling to Oshkosh, Wis. Oct. 16 for the Brooks Invitational hosted by Wis.-Oshkosh at 11:15 a.m.

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