On Campus: Ayers finishes cross country season strong

Katlyn Ayers (Strasburg ’12) finished her junior cross country season at UNC-Greensboro in style last weekend.

Ayers set a new 6K personal record in the NCAA Division 1 Southeast Regional on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. Ayers placed 37th in a time of 22:44.40.

The women’s team finished 30th with 814 points. William and Mary won the meet with 74 points, and Virginia placed second with 82 points.

Ayers set a 5k PR on Oct. 3 in the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. Ayers placed 42nd in 17:42.9. The women finished 20th in the event.

On Oct. 18, Ayers led the Spartans in the Pre National Invitational held in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was 63rd with a time of 23:02.50 in the 6K event. The Spartans finished 30th in the large meet.

In last weekend’s men’s cross country Southeast Regional 10K in Louisville, Kentucky, University of Virginia sophomore Thomas Madden (Skyline ’13) was 46th in 31:18.0. The Cavaliers won the meet with 73 points. Paul Myer (Clarke County ’11) placed 142nd for Richmond in a time of 32:59.2. The Spiders finished 14th with 204 points.

Madden and his U.Va. teammates will run in the NCAA Division 1 Championships on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.

FIRST YEAR SUCCESS: Lamar freshman Reid Entsminger (Sherando ’14) has earned some playing time this season for the Cardinals and has done well in his time on the field.

Entsminger has played in eight of the team’s 11 games, and the defensive back has eight tackles on the season, along with a pass deflection and a pass break up. Entsminger had three tackles in a 55-10 win over Mississippi College on Sept. 20.

He also had two tackles in a 63-21 victory over Nicholls on Oct. 18. Entsminger had three more tackles in a 72-14 victory over Houston Baptist on Nov. 1.

Lamar is 7-4, including 4-3 in the Southland Conference. The Cardinals play at McNeese State on Saturday at 6 p.m.

PLAYOFF BOUND: Hampden-Sydney will play at Wesley College on Saturday in Dover, Delaware in the first round of the D-III football playoffs

Three local athletes have helped lead the Tigers to success. Senior defensive lineman Scott Markland (Sherando ’11) has 18 tackles, including two for loss and two pass breakups and two deflections. Junior defensive end A.J. Eubank (James Wood ’11) has 10 tackles, including a sack, and has a pass break up and a deflection. Junior tight end Mel Savarese (James Wood ’12) has seven catches for 40 yards and one touchdown.

The Tigers won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for the second straight year and finished the regular season with a 7-3 record. Wesley won its first nine games, before losing to Charlotte, an FCS team, in its regular-season finale.

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