Knoxville, TN - The men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville, TN to compete in the 2015 Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday. On a slick and muddy course in rainy conditions, both teams stepped up to the challenge and came through with strong results.
In the men's race, a young Cavaliers squad stepped up to the challenge of tough competition and a challenging race course to put five runners in the top-25 finishers en route to a third-place team finish. Daniel Lancaster (SO/Wilmington, NC) finished 10th overall in a time of 26:41 to earn AAC All-Conference honors. Steven Anhold (SO/Churchville, VA) put together a career-best performance, placing 14th overall in a time of 27:06. Rylan Hincher (FR/North Wilkesboro, NC) finished right behind Anhold in 15th with a time of 27:13. Hincher's performance earned him a spot on the AAC All-Freshman Team. Holden Dixon (FR/Chocowinity, NC) earned a top-20 finish, placing 20th in a time of 27:22. Brandon Welborn (SO/Traphill, NC) rounded out the scoring effort for the Cavaliers, placing 24th with a time of 27:44.
In his final cross country race for the Cavaliers, senior Erik Rodriguez (SR/Euless, Texas) placed 29th in a time of 27:58 while Daniel Angarita (FR/Miller's Creek, NC) placed 41st in a time of 28:32. Lee Wooden (FR/Rock Hill, SC) placed 58th with a time of 29:51 and senior Joshua Kilgo (SR/Waxhaw, NC) placed 67th ina time of 31:20.
Montreat finished with 81 points to take 3rd place as a team, just behind Truett-McConnell (75) and ahead of Tennessee Wesleyan (99) and Bryan (104). Eight of the nine team members finished the race in personal-best times despite the the rough racing conditions
"I am extremely proud of how the guys came out and competed today," said head coach Jason Lewkowicz. "They bought in to the race plan and executed it as well as they could have. To get eight personal best times in these conditions is amazing and is evidence of the heart and effort that these men put into the race. We were hoping for a higher team finish but, at the end of the day, we could not have raced any better and you have to tip your hat to Milligan and Truett-McConnell for racing well. We came into this race as pretty much the youngest team there and this effort shows that the future is very bright here at Montreat."
In the women's race, a short-handed women's team battled through a race course that had been beaten up by the men a few minutes earlier, and came though ith a 7th place team finish, a two spot improvement from 2014. Madeline Carter (FR/Elkin, NC) led the way for Montreat, finishing 30th with a time of 22:13. Alona Kosenko (SO/Charlotte, NC) fnished 35th in a time of 22:35 while Samantha Gaskill (SR/Wilmington, NC) was close behind, finishing 38th in a time of 22:54. Sarah Smith (FR/Orlando, FL) placed 61st in a time of 25:00 and teammate Tori Combs (JR/Deep Run, NC) rounded out the scoring effort for the Cavaliers, finishing 64th in a time of 25:10. Victoria Swan (FR/Milton, WI) battled through injuries to complete the race in 92nd in a time of 33:00.
"The women came out and competed really well today," said Lewkowicz. "They had the tough task of taking on the race course after the men had chewed it up and they truly looked like they had been in battle after they crossed the finish line. All of them gave tremendous effort today and, in a race where the conditions really slowed times down, they came through with their strongest performance of the season. I am extremely proud of all of them."
Lewkowicz would go on to add, "I think we took a big step in the right direction this season. We were a really young team on both sides and only lose one senior from the scoring members. The experience we gained this year will carry over into track season and we will look to gain confidence going forward. More than anything, I love the attitude and effort that this team showed throughout the season. They bought into the training plan and we were able to rally around the idea of using our running as a means of honoring God. We've talked all season long about using our platform as runners to make much of Christ and to glorify Him in all that we do. As we continue to grow and improve, this will continue to be our foundation. I am so grateful to be a part of what God is doing at Montreat College and to be the coach of this amazing team."
The teams will take a short break before kicking off the indoor track season on December 3 at Liberty University and December 5 at the JDL Complex in Winston-Salem, NC.
Gainesville, GA - The Montreat College women's basketball team opened up their season Saturday on the road against Brenau University. Despite a closely contested match that included five ties and four lead changes, the Golden Tigers used a 17-7 4th quarter run to take a 66-55 win over the Cavaliers.
Brenau used a balanced attack to take a 34-28 lead into halftime. The Cavaliers came out with a lot of energy in the third period, out-scoring the Golden Tigers 20-15 to cut the lead to one heading into the final frame. Brenau was able to wear down Montreat in the 4th period, outscoring the Cavaliers by ten points to lead to the final score.
Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) had a strong effort for the Cavaliers, leading all scorers with 23 points, in addition to six rebounds. Katie Dillon (FR/Huntersville, NC) added 13 points for Montreat, while Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) added 11 points and six rebounds. Montreat shot 20-49 (41%) for the game and hit 4-12 3-pointers (33%).
"I am very proud of the heart of our team tonight," said head coach Meghan Austin. "We faced a lot of adversity through foul trouble, but all night the next person stepped up. Even though the scoreboard showed up that we lost the game, I would take that energy and effort every night."
The Cavaliers will return to action on Tuesday when they head to nearby Swannanoa to take on Warren Wilson College. Tipoff is set for 6:00pm.
Dayton, TN - The Montreat College men's soccer team saw their 2015 season come to a close Saturday night after falling to top-seeded Bryan College 3-1 in quarterfinal action of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament.
On a chilly and wet evening, the teams failed to get the offense going early on. Bryan managed to get on the board in the 37th minute and took that lead into halftime. After managing only three shots in the first half, the Cavaliers turned up the offensive attack going into the second frame. However, it was the Lions who found the back of the net, scoring twice in the fist 10 minutes of the second half. Ryan Buick (SO/Banbury, England ) would get Montreat on the board, scoring on a penalty kick in the 67th minute. That score would prove to be the final tally of the evening, as the host school won to advance to the tournament semifinals.
The Cavaliers end the season with a winning record of 8-7-2, The Cavaliers ended the season ranked 27th nationally in goals per match (2.88) and 38th in assists per match (1.94). Esgardo Arroyo (SR/Buford, GA) wrapped up a stellar career for the Cavaliers ranking 14th nationally in total assists (11), 15th in assists per match (0.69), 19th in shots per match (4.25), and 24th in points per match (2.06).