Sailfish Men's Cross Country Posts Solid Showing in Debut Meet of 2010

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

MELBOURNE, Fla.- With a host of new runners as well as the leadership of new  head coach Sonja Friend-Uhl, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s cross country team made their long-awaited debut on Saturday morning by competing at the Florida Tech Invitational at Wickham Park in Melbourne. The Fish competed well in their first outing by posting a sixth place team finish.

Although the team was missing a few of their top runners in sophomore Kyle Mason and freshman Chris Lopez, the team still managed to produce a solid start according to Coach Friend-Uhl.

“We still have some work to do in building stamina for our runners to adjust to the 8K distance from the 5K they are used to in high school, but it was a great start and I’m proud of how we competed,” said Friend-Uhl.

Freshman Justin Mikesell from Peoria Christian High School in Peoria, Illinois, posted the top Sailfish time of 28:57 to pace the team’s runners while Nick Joseph followed closely with a 29:20 final time. These two marks placed Mikesell and Joseph in 37th and 41st place respectively.

Another newcomer, Andrew Rodberg had a strong showing as well with a time of 31:47 while veterans Kyle Pryce and Brad Treen rounded out the team’s performances with a 32:50 and 34:27 for their times. Pryce improved his time at this course by over 30 seconds from last season while Treen improved by an astonishing 1:45 from his 2009 version of the race.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University posted the fastest two individual times on the day with Sam Vasquez and Russell Snyder at 25:07 and 25:37 respectively in helping lead ERAU to the team title.

The University of Tampa would finish in second-place followed by Nova Southeastern and Florida Tech at third and fourth place. Saint Leo University rounded out the top-five.

PBA will now turn their focus to the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational next weekend in Gainesville, Florida. The Sailfish runners will compete on Saturday, September 18th. 

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