CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville Women's Cross Country team finished in 11th place at Royal Cross Country Challenge held at McAlpine Park in Charlotte Friday afternoon.
The Bulldog women had 266 points in the meet that had 21 teams competing. Sophomore Melanie Kulesz made her 2010 debut a successful one as she finished 26th and finished with a time of 18:39 over the 5K course.
The Asheville men's team also competed on Friday and finished in 19th place with 498 points. Jay Barringer topped the Bulldog effort with a time of 26:41 over the 8K course.
"I was pleased with the women's results today," commented Asheville coach Jesse Norman. "We had a good performance from Melanie in her first meet and several others had solid days, as well. We were just a few points out of eighth place and hopefully we'll keep getting better as we get closer to the Big South Conference meet in two weeks.
It was a tough day for the men's squad.
"We didn't do quite as well as I had hoped on the men's side," admitted Norman. "We had a tough day. Jay Barringer, Chris Murray and Adam Schnapp all had season-bests and that was good to see but overall we can do better."
The Bulldog women finished as follows: 34. Emma Bussard (18:48), 61. Alyska Kalmeijer (19:23), 65. Rachel Carson (19:33). 80. Clair Powell (19:57); Erin Putnam (20:44), Jennifer Black (21:55).
The Asheville men's team finished as follows: 88. Nick Summers (26:44), 99. Eliud Chirchir (27:00), 109. Sam Maynard (27:16), 117. Carlos Lopez (27:29), 120. Tyler Michael (27:36), Adam Schnapp (27:47), Kent Rankin (28:17), Chris Murray (29:10).
Both teams will have off for two weeks before competing in the Big South Championships at Radford on Saturday, Oct. 30.