Men's Cross Country Participates at FLRunners.com Invite
October 2, 2009
Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Assistant
TITUSVILLE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic Men’s Cross Country team made the trip to Titusville, Florida this past Friday to participate in the flrunners.com Invitational. The race was held at Chain of Lakes Park adjacent to campus of Brevard Community College and was hosted by Titusville High School. In all, nine colleges and universities throughout the state of Florida had runners take part in the 5K event.
Unknown to the fact that they would be running an entirely different race until just before start time, the Sailfish men were in full preparation to run their traditional 8K race. However, today’s race posed a unique challenge for the Sailfish runners. Instead of running the traditional 8K, they ran the shorter 5K. Most of the runners, including senior Kyle Pryce, had not run a 5K race since high school. As most runners know, the 5K race presents a much different mindset and race strategy from the 8K.
Unaffected by the change in race plans, PBA freshman Kyle Mason led the Sailfish runners with a solid 5K time of 18:30.77 to finish 48th out of a pool of 89 runners. Mason had run this very same race one year prior in the high school ranks. Following close behind Mason was senior Kyle Pryce with a strong 5K time of 19:23.78 to finish 63rd.
Rounding out the top five runners for the Sailfish were sophomores Brad Treen (20:37.99) and Matthew Lorton (19:58.26) and junior Stephen Tucker (20:34.34)
The Sailfish men finished up the meet with a combined time of 1:39:05.14 to finish 9th overall just behind St. Leo University (1:38:32.58).
Open runner Cameron Marantz won the race finishing with a blistering 5K time of 14:53.20. Florida Gulf Coast University’s Kyle Brunette was the first collegiate athlete to finish the race with a 5K time of 15:49.69. Florida Gulf Coast also came away with the team title with a combined time of 1:21:55.82.
The Sailfish runners will be back in action on October 10, as they travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the Walt Disney World Classic held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. For more Cross Country reports and highlights, please visit www.pbasailfish.com.
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