TOWSON, Md. - The Delaware State University cross country teams continue to hold steady this season as they finished fourth and sixth, respectively, late Friday afternoon at the Towson Invitational, held at Oregon Ridge Park.
The Hornet men finished fourth overall in the five-mile race with 150 points. Navy collected seven of the top 11 spots in the race to take first place with 28 points. Mount St. Mary's finished second with 50 points while UMBC was third with 68. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference competitors Morgan State and Coppin State placed sixth and seventh, respectively, with 157 and 169 points. Bowie State and UMES rounded out the team finishes in seventh and eighth place with 172 and 185 points.
Freshman Terrell Oliver (Camden, Del.) led the Hornets for the fourth time this season with a 23rd place finishing time of 29:21.04. Senior Kelli Thibou (Greenbelt, Md.) finished 33rd in his first race of the season with a time of 30:49.78. Freshman Joshua Johnson was 38th in 32:40.94 while senior Stephen Bowe placed 40th in 32:57.37. Graduate Kevaughn Laviea (Dover, Del.) ran a time of 33:07.37 to finish 41st and Bryan Pointer rounded out the scoring for DSU with a 52nd place time of 36:12.53.
In the women's 5k run, the Hornet women tallied 166 points for a sixth place finish. Host Towson won the event with 32 points with Mount St. Mary's in second with 43 points. UMBC finished third with 47 points. Following in a distant fourth was UMES with 132 points while Morgan State was fifth with 135 points. District of Columbia placed seventh with 207 points while Bowie State finished the scoring in eighth with 226 points.
Freshman Brianna Sims (New Haven, Conn.) led the DSU women with a 34th place finishing time of 23:06.03 while sophomore Shalaya Sidney (Philadelphia, Pa.) was 35th in 23:55.76. Freshman Djnab Williams ran a time of 25:25.25 to place 38th and sophomore Ashley Robinson (Dover, Del.) was 41st in 25:51.90. Freshman Janae Wilson (Windsor, Conn.) placed 48th in 27:39.36. Junior Aatiqah Ali (Philadelphia, Pa.) and sophomore Briana Tilghman round out the DSU scoring in 57th and 58th place with respective times of 29:41.52 and 30:04.48.
The Hornets take next weekend off before returning home to host their second meet of the season on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the DSU Outreach and Research Center in Smyrna, Del.
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