Queens’ men’s cross-country team ended Mars Hill’s domination of the South Atlantic Conference, taking the team title at the SAC championship meet Oct. 24 in Pineville, Ky.
Meanwhile, senior Catie Byrd won the women’s individual championship, leading the Royals to a runner-up finish behind three-time champion Wingate in the women’s team standings.
Queens’ men had five runners finish in the top 10, closing its team scoring with 34 points to 44 for Mars Hill, which had won the SAC title 18 consecutive years. Anderson was a distant third with 151 points.
It was Queens’ first men’s cross-country title since 2011, when they were competing in Conference Carolinas.
Royals coach Jim Vahrenkamp was named the SAC men’s coach of the year, and freshman runner Jose Rosas was named the conference’s freshman of the year.
“I watched my guys leave everything out there from start to finish, and I couldn’t be any happier with today’s performance,” associate head coach Tsehaye Baney said in a prepared release. “Our freshman class has really come through for us, and today’s win is a testament to a team effort.”
Queens’ freshman class made up four of the team’s top five individual finishers in the SAC championships.
Yannick Stubbe was second overall in 25 minutes, 18.8 seconds, 8.6 seconds behind Mars Hill’s Alex Griggs. Rosas was eighth in 26:10.4, Elijah Inuwa ninth in 26:14.4, and Henno Havenga 10th in 26:20.2.
Junior Jimmy Hollingsworth was the Royals’ final scorer, finishing fifth overall in 25:38.6.
Stubbe and Hollingsworth earned first-team all-SAC honors. Rosas, Inuwa, Havenga and freshman Ben Schmidt, who finished 13th in 26:27.1, were named to the second team. Sophomore Avery Cypress, 19th overall in 26:49.4, earned honorable mention.
Other Queens men’s runners were freshman Justin Weegar (25th, 27:01.4), and junior Alex Guillaume (72nd, 29:21.6).
In the women’s championship, Byrd earned the SAC’s runner of the year award with her title-winning run at the SAC meet. She completed the course in 18:17.1, 23.5 seconds ahead of Wingate’s Alyssa Johnson.
“She ran very relaxed and calm throughout the race,” Baney said. “We faced some adversity this weekend, and it was heartening to see the girls go out and try to win the championship regardless.”
Byrd, who also earned first-team all-SAC honors, was one of two Royals runners to finish in the top 10. Junior Summer McFadden came in 10th overall in 19:20.3, and earned second-team all-SAC honors.
Other Queens finishers were junior Megan Delamer (17th, 19:47.7, earning her honorable mention all-SAC), graduate student Louise Hill-Sterling (19th, 19:55.8, also an all-SAC honorable mention), sophomore Sarah Bomkamp (20th, 19:56.4), freshman Hannah Wolkenhauer (30th, 20:28.4), sophomore Carissa Jenkins (43rd, 21:00.2), freshman Regan O’Hara (65th, 21:58.4), and junior Shelly Oh (80th, 23:02.7).
Royals 6th at Winthrop
Queens’ women’s golf team wrapped up its fall schedule with a sixth-place finish at the Winthrop Invitational tournament, Oct. 24-25 in Rock Hill.
The Royals finished the two-day tournament at the Rock Hill Country Club at 650, 41 strokes behind winner Winthrop (609). Gardner-Webb was second at 618, with Appalachian State third at 623.
Freshman Natalie Pleyerova was Queens’ top individual scorer, shooting 156 to finish tied for seventh. She finished eight strokes behind Winthrop’s Chelsea Dantonio, Gardner-Webb’s Taylor Dodson and Appalachian State’s Savanna Wood, all earning medalist honors with 148s.
Other Royals scorers were senior Grace Glaze (tied for 18th, 159), senior Taylor Penzer (30th, 167), junior Soo Jin Lim (31st, 168), and sophomore Caitlin Gilchrist (40th, 175).
Brown named CoSIDA academic all-district
Queens’ men’s soccer player Corey Brown was named to the College Sports Information Directors Association’s NCAA Division II academic all-District 3 team.
Brown, a junior forward, is one of seven players from the South Atlantic Conference named to the district team. This season, he is leading the Royals in goals (eight), assists (eight) and points (24). He is second in the SAC in goals and points, and third in assists, and his four game-winning goals is 21st in the nation among D-II teams.
In the classroom, Brown has a 3.94 grade point average and is majoring in biochemistry.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.