NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Competing in its second match of the season, the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s cross country team finished in 10th place in the field of 22 at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt on Saturday morning in Nashville, Tenn. Previewing the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship course, the Eagles were led by redshirt sophomore Gilbert Chemaoi (Eldoret, Kenya/Eastern Kentucky) and classmate Argeo Cruz (Immokalee, Fla. Immokalee HS), who both placed in the top 25 in the Vaughn’s Gap Course 8km event.
On Saturday, FGCU claimed five runners in the top 75, while every athlete placed in the top 100 in the field of 190, to take 10th place at the Commodore Classic with a total 243 points. Cincinnati finished with 75 points to come away with the team victory.
Pacing the Eagles were Chemaoi and Cruz, who took 22nd and 23rd place, respectively. Chemaoi finished with a time of 26:00.80, just ahead of Cruz’s 26:01.90. It marked the second time this year that the duo finished one and two for the Eagles, as Cruz outlasted Chemaoi at the season-opening FGCU Invitational, helping the Green and Blue to a first place finish.
Also placing in the top half of the pack, junior Matthew Crowe (Glen Burnie, Md./Old Mill HS) and sophomores Chris Rudloff (Ormond Beach, Fla./Mainland HS) and Sanders Payne (Weston, Fla./West Broward) each finished in the top 75. Crowe finished with a time of 27:08.40 for 65th place, while Rudloff (27:19.10) and Payne (27:23.40) took 73rd and 75th, respectively.
Rounding out the FGCU competitors were junior Jonathan Lanning (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Military Academy) and freshman Shane Deeley (Clearwater, Fla./Dunedin HS), which each placed in the top 100. Lanning crossed the finish line with a time of 27:34.10 and Deeley came across at the 27:39.30 mark.
The Eagles will now prepare for the UF Mountain Dew Invitational next Saturday in Gainesville beginning at 8 a.m. Results and recaps from the weekend competition will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com at the conclusion of the event.