Queens University of Charlotte’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams got off to a strong start for the 2014 season, sweeping the individual titles and winning a team championship at the Royals Twilight meet.
The inaugural early evening cross-country meet, held Sept. 6 over a 5-kilometer course at Freedom Park, drew eight teams and more than 110 college runners.
The Royals women took both team and individual honors at the Royals Twilight, while Queens senior All-American Felix Duchampt won the men’s individual title.
Duchampt, last year’s South Atlantic Conference champion and NCAA championships qualifier, took medalist honors in the men’s division with a time of 15 minutes, 23.5 seconds. He beat teammate Jimmy Hollingsworth, a sophomore, by more than 5 seconds (15:28.8).
Despite posting the two best individual times, the Royals tied for third in the men’s team standings with Anderson, each scoring 73 points. UNC Pembroke won the men’s team title, putting four runners in the top 10 to score 35 points, 23 ahead of Lincoln Memorial (58).
Other finishers for Queens in the men’s race were senior Chris Vilela (22nd, 16:38.3), freshman Avery Cypress (26th, 16:53.9), sophomore Alex Guillaume (38th, 17:23.0) and sophomore Nathan Smith (52nd, 19:33.5).
The Royals’ women had four runners finish among the top eight to take team honors with 38 points, edging Anderson, which also had four top-10 finishers, by five points (43).
Sophomore Megan Wright won her first collegiate individual title for Queens, beating freshman teammate Sarah Bomkamp by more than 20 seconds. Wright won the event in 18:25.3; Bomkamp was second at 18:45.6.
Junior Catie Byrd and freshman Carissa Jenkins also finished in the top 10 for the Royals. Byrd was fifth in 19:02.0, and Jenkins was ninth in 19:40.8.
Other Queens runners were sophomore So Young Oh (25th, 20:49.5), and junior Summer McFadden (28th, 21:07.7).
Kunz named to all-tournament team
Queens’ volleyball player Sydney Kunz was one of eight players named to the all-tournament team at the inaugural Queens Fall Volleyball Invitational, held Sept. 5-6.
Kunz, a freshman from Germantown, Wis., had 95 total assists over four games for the Royals, an average of 7.31 per game. She also had seven service aces, 30 digs and two blocks.
Queens went 1-3 in the two-day tournament, beating Montevallo 3-1 and losing to 22nd-ranked Armstrong State 3-0, Georgia Regents-Augusta 3-0 and University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) 3-0.
Kunz played a major role in the Royals’ win over Montevallo. She finished with a double-double in that match, getting 35 sets and 16 digs.
Also named to the all-tournament team were Alex Hopper from Catawba, Haley Rhyne from Lenoir-Rhyne, Kristen Koch from Georgia Regents-Augusta, Rebekah Phelps from Montevallo, Kamryn Sherman from Armstrong State, Rycki Ebert from Limestone and Emily Johnson from Sioux Falls.
Royals add 9 to women’s basketball team
Queens’ women’s basketball team will have a young roster for the 2014-2015 season after adding nine new players to its returning five.
Highlighting the newcomers is 5-foot-6 point guard Sheridan Pressley, a 1,000-point career scorer at Pisgah High. A three-sport athlete at Pisgah, she earned first team all-state honors and scored 10 points for the West team in the N.C. Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro.
“Without question, Sheridan is our most decorated recruit, and will be a tremendous asset to our program as a student-athlete,” Royals coach Susan Yow said in a prepared release. “She has a high basketball IQ, can shoot the long ball and is versatile as a guard in running the point or two-guard position. She knows how to win and will bring that drive and commitment here to Queens.”
Queens also added three college transfers: Maggie Stewart, a 6-foot-1 power forward from Catawba Valley Community College; and Karleasha Thompson, a 5-foot-5 guard, and Nikki Gleason, a 5-foot-7 guard, both from California’s Delta College.
Also joining the Royals are Carlye Jones, a 6-foot forward from Burlington Williams High; Victoria Robinson, a 5-foot-10 forward from Flint Hill High in Vienna, Va.; Melissa Blatnik, a 5-foot-9 forward from Marvin Ridge High; Carmen Richardson, a 5-foot-9 forward from Rocky Mount High; and Jaimee Cousin, a 5-foot-8 guard from Eastern Alamance High.