Cruz sets school record, lands on All-Freshman team
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Behind a record-breaking time from freshman Argeo Cruz (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), the FGCU men’s cross country team finished in eighth place at the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championship at Milliken Research Park on Saturday morning.
USC Upstate’s Gilbert Kemboi was the individual champion, while Kennesaw State finished as the team champion. Belmont and USC Upstate finished second and third, respectively.
Cruz once again set the school record with a time of 25:37.81 and a 17th-place finish. The freshman missed making the All-Conference team by three spots, but now owns the top three times on FGCU’s top times list. He also placed in the top three spots for freshman runners to earn All-Freshman team honors.
Sophomore Jonathan Lanning (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Military Academy) finished in 45th with a time 26:36.97, while classmate Matthew Crowe (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill/Brevard CC) finished a spot behind and a time of 26:39.78. Finishing closely behind in 48th, freshman Chris Rudloff (Ormond Beach, Fla./Mainland) crossed the finish line at 26:42.81.
Running in his first meet in more than a month, redshirt freshman Gilbert Chemaoi (Eldoret, Kenya/Eastern Kentucky) was the next Eagle to finish with a season-best time of 26:50.69.
The Eagles leading runner at the Stetson Invitational, freshman Sanders Payne (Westin Fla./West Broward) finished in 56th with a time of 27:03.44. Senior Dino Bozzone (Aukland, New Zealand/Portland) ran his final career race with a time of 27:18.38 and sophomore Dillon McGee (Indialantic, Fla./Melbourne) (27:33.81) to round out the FGCU runners. Despite running injured, Bozzone’s time is the fourth-best time on the FGCU top time list for seniors.
FGCU cannot compete in any further postseason events due to the NCAA reclassifying period. FGCU will be eligible for regional events in 2011.