ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s and women’s cross country teams made it a clean sweep on Saturday as both Bulldog teams finished first in the Asheville Cross Country Carnival Saturday morning at Asheville Christian Academy.
On the men’s side, the Bulldogs’ top five runners finished in the top 11. Asheville took first with 34 points. Western Carolina finished second with 44 points, while Radford was third with 71 points. Andy Thornburg was the Dogs top runner as he finished in third place.
On the women’s side, Melanie Kulesz finished in second place to help the Bulldogs take first place. She led a strong Asheville effort that had five Bulldogs finishing in the top eight. The Bulldog women easily finished first with 25 points as Wofford took second with 84 points and WCU third with 88 points.
“I’m really pleased with today’s performance by both teams,” stated Bulldog coach Jesse Norman. “Both teams ran great tactical races and for the most part followed the game-plan to perfection.”
The men’s race was held first. Travis Alfaro from Western Carolina took first place in the event with a time of 18:54 over the 6K course. Ryan Farnan of Radford was second at 18:58.
Thornburg became the Bulldog finishers with his third-place finish at a time of 19:06. Michael McClay of Radford (19:12) came in fourth.
Freshman Dominic Collichio from Asheville took fifth (19:12), followed by teammate Kevin Paradise (19:19) in sixth place.
Brent Schouler came in ninth place for the Bulldogs (19:28). Patrick Osborne finished Asheville’s scoring with an 11th place finish with a time of 19:40.
In the women’s race, the Bulldogs ran bunched together for the majority of the race and that worked to perfection to give Asheville the win.
Sam Hughes of Wofford took first place over the 5K course at 18:21, followed by Kulesz’s time of 18:32. Michelle Provost of WCU took third at 18:37.
Freshman Sarah Heisner led the Bulldog delegation with a fourth-place finish at 18:43. Sophomore Erin Dalton was fifth at 18:46 for Asheville.
Kylie Smith finished sixth (18:51) for the Blue & White, followed by Adrian Etheridge (18:59) in eighth place. Scarlett Beamon took 10th for Asheville (19:16).
1. UNC Asheville (34)
2. Western Carolina (44)
3. Radford (71)
4. Winthrop (134)
5. Wofford (145)
6. Lees-McRae (152)
7. Gardner-Webb (192)
8. Limestone (205)
9. Charleston Southern (233)
10. Presbyterian (292)
1. UNC Asheville (25)
2. Wofford (84)
3. Western Carolina (88)
4. Winthrop (103)
5. Radford (116)
6. Charleston Southern (122)
7. Presbyterian (201)
8. Gardner-Webb (214)
9. Limestone (262)
10. Lees-McRae (303)