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Men, women place second in Royals opening meet

Queens’ men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2015 season with a runner-up finish to Furman at their own Royals Twilight meet Sept. 5 at Freedom Park.

The Royals, both picked to finish second in the South Atlantic Conference this season, topped the five NCAA Division II teams entered in Queens’ annual season opener. However, they were no match for the Paladins, ranked 18th in the nation among NCAA Division I programs.

Furman’s men’s team took eight of the top 10 finishing spots and beat Queens by 39 points (15-54), while the Paladins’ women took six of the top eight spots and beat the Royals by 29 points (21-50).

Furman sophomore Aaron Templeton won the men’s individual title, completing the 8 kilometer course in 14 minutes, 56.29 seconds. He beat teammate Matt Lange, also a sophomore, by just 0.05 seconds.

Queens’ top finisher in the men’s meet was freshman Henni Havenga, who came in 11th overall in 15:00.92.

Other Royals finishers were freshman Elijah Inuwa (12th, 15:01.21), freshman Yannick Stubbe (14th, 15:16.38), junior Jimmy Hollingsworth (18th, 15:41.58), freshman Jose Rosas (20th, 15:46.99), sophomore Avery Cypress (21st, 15:52.17), freshman Ben Schmidt (24th, 15:57.63), freshman Justin Weegar (34th, 16:12.81), and junior Alex Guilluame (41st, 16:38.39).

In the women’s meet, Furman junior Allie Buchalski easily beat teammate Laura Miller to take individual honors. Buchalski won the 5 kilometer race in 17:12.71, nearly five seconds ahead of Miller, also a junior.

Senior Catie Byrd was Queens’ top runner, finishing third in 17:37.21. Teammate Lucie Noall, a freshman, was fourth in 17:41.12.

Other Royals finishers were senior Louise Hill-Sterling (12th, 18:30.45), sophomore Sarah Bomkamp (13th, 18:37.66), junior Megan Delamer (18th, 19:13.59), freshman Hannah Wolkenhauer (19th, 19:19.41), sophomore Carissa Jenkins (20th, 19:27.03), and junior Summer McFadden (24th, 19:39.53).

New basketball players

Queens’ men’s basketball team has signed five players, including one of the Charlotte area’s top players last season, for the 2015-2016 season, team officials announced.

Among the five signees by Royals coach Bart Lundy was Brenton Davis, a 6-foot-3 guard who played at Victory Christian the past two seasons.

Davis was named to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s 1A all-state team his senior year, when he averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists per game as Victory Christian finished 35-8.

Davis also was twice named to the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association’s all-conference team, and was picked for the Hoodie House all-tournament team his senior year.

Also signed by Queens were 6-foot-8 forward Joshua Gibson of Northern Guilford High in Greensboro, 6-foot guard Dane Davis of Fayetteville’s Seventy-First High, 6-foot-7 forward Isaac Hillman of McDowell High in Marion, and 5-foot-10 guard Ethan Weathers of Harrison High in Kennesaw, Ga.

Johnson added to Royals swim staff

Queens’ men’s and women’s swimming teams, the defending NCAA Division II champions, have added Matthew Johnson to the staff as an assistant coach.

Johnson was a volunteer assistant with the Royals program over the summer, working with the team’s distance swimmers, of which two qualified for the 2015 Olympic Trials.

Previously, Johnson was an assistant coach with both national swim power Michigan, which finished third at the NCAA Division I championships last season, and its Club Wolverine off-season program.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer:

Upcoming events

Sept. 16

Women’s soccer: vs. Tusculum, Queens Sports Complex, 5 p.m.

Men’s soccer: vs. Tusculum, Queens Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18

Volleyball: vs. Lincoln Memorial, Levine Center, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19

Men’s cross country: at Winthrop Invitational, Rock Hill, S.C.

Women’s cross country: at Winthrop Invitational, Rock Hill, S.C.

Women’s soccer: at Lincoln Memorial, Harrogate, Tenn., 1 p.m.

Volleyball: vs. Carson-Newman, Levine Center, 2 p.m.

Men’s soccer: at Lincoln Memorial, Harrogate, Tenn., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 22

Volleyball: at Catawba, Salisbury, N.C., 7 p.m.

Sept. 23

Women’s soccer: at Wingate, Wingate, N.C., 5 p.m.

Men’s soccer: at Wingate, Wingate, N.C., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25

Volleyball: at Mars Hill, Mars Hill, N.C., 7 p.m.

Sept. 26

Women’s cross country: at Bulldog Stampede, Wingate, N.C.

Men’s cross country: at Bulldog Stampede, Wingate, N.C.

Volleyball: vs. Tusculum, Levine Center, 2 p.m.

Women’s soccer: at Carson-Newman, Jefferson City, Tenn., 5 p.m.

Men’s soccer: at Carson-Newman, Jefferson City, Tenn., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30

Men’s soccer: vs. Mount Olive, Queens Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.