FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU cross country head coach Cassandra Harbin announced the addition of six runners to the men’s team for the 2010 season.
The squad adds a trio of transfers and three freshmen to the squad. A transfer from the University of Portland, Dino Bozzone, will run his final year with the Eagles while transfers Matt Crowe and Gilbert Chemaoi will be sophomores. Argeo Cruz, Sanders Payne and Christopher Rudloff round out the 2010 team.
"The runners we added are the type that can come in and make this group better immediately,” said Harbin. “We are also building on a very good team from last year. They gave FGCU its first win in the history of men’s cross country and then topped it by beating Miami at home so our future is very bright.”
At the University of Portland, Bozzone qualified for the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championship where the team finished in 13th. He was a National Cross Country and 3000 meter Champion in high school. He finished 14th at the IAAF World Youth race in Canada in 2003 and also competed in the 2005 IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championship in France. His personal-best in the 8K is 24:50.
Chemaoi joins the Eagles after a year at Eastern Kentucky where the team earned its fourth consecutive Ohio Valley Conference title. The nursing major posted a personal-best of 24:56.02 in an 8K. In 2005, Chemaoi was named Athlete of the Year in the Nakuru District Championship.
A transfer from Brevard College, Crowe was named to the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) All-Freshman team after posting a 27:49.49, just 10 seconds shy of his personal best, for a 14th-place finish at the conference meet. He also earned a SAC All-Conference second team nod as well for finishing in the top 20. The computer information systems major posted a personal record of 4:34 in the 1600m.
Cruz ran a personal-best of 15:36.40 in the 5000m at flrunners.com Invitational to place 10th and also finished third at the Disney World Classic in the Elite Division. He ran a 9:39.52 in the 3200m at FHSAA 2A State Finals, placing third. Cruz set another personal record of 4:21.44 in the 1600m at Pepsi Florida Relays where he finished in 10th.
Payne was a District Champion in the two-mile at West Broward and posted a personal record of 9:56 in the event. He also won the Broward County Athletic Association Cross Country meet with a time of 16:46.34 in the 5K.
A three-time Five Star Conference Cross Country Champion and three-time Dayton Beach News Journal Cross Country Runner of the Year, Rudloff joins the Eagles after a very successful high school career at Mainland. He set a personal record at the 2009 FSHAA 3A District 7 race, clocking in at 15:54 in the 5K. The physical therapy major was the Five Star Conference Champion in the 3200m and also won the 3A District 6 title in the 1600m. For his success, Rudloff was inducted into the Mainland High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The FGCU men’s cross country team kicks off its season at the King of the Hill Elite Invitational hosted by the University of Miami on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 8:05 a.m.