HPU men grab second at VMI Invitational

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 09:29 PM

The High Point University men’s cross country team was runnerup at the VMI Invitational on Saturday at the Vista Links Golf Course in Buena Vista, Va. Senior Patrick Crawford and redshirt-sophomore Jeff LaCoste placed sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead the Panthers.

“We got a good look at what we’re up against today,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “Liberty is going to be tough and this is the most challenging course we will see this year. We’ve known that and we’ve been talking about that for weeks. We wanted to learn the course and we did that. It was good to get out here and see what we’re up against for the Big South Championship.”
Liberty grabbed the 1-4 finishing spots led by race winner Caleb Edmonds, who finished in 26:12.77. That led to a low score of 19 points for the Flames. High Point placed second with 51 points followed by Campbell at 93 points. VMI placed fourth with 115 points and Coastal Carolina took fifth with 121 points. Radford placed sixth followed by UNC Asheville, Longwood and Tusculum. Liberty and High Point combined for 12 of the first 17 finishers.
Crawford led High Point for the third meet in a row with a time of 26:59.88 on the highly-challenging course, good for his sixth-place finish. LaCoste placed seventh in 27:08.12.
Sophomores Benji Szalai and Paddy Grandinali placed 10th and 12th, respectively, for High Point. Szalai finished in 27:35.49 and Grandinali crossed the line in 27:35.49. Freshman Chernet Sisay was the Panthers’ fifth scorer, coming in 16th overall with a time of 27:48.15.
Junior Reece Ayers was HPU’s sixth finisher in 17th overall and senior John Yankello came in 22nd.
High Point races for the third week in a row Saturday when the Panthers head to the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The highly-competitive meet also features men’s teams from Virginia, Auburn, California, Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, Mississippi, Syracuse and William & Mary.

HPU WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PLACES THIRD
BUENA VISTA, Va. — The High Point University women’s cross country team placed third in the VMI Invitational on Saturday morning, a preview of the Big South Championship which will be run on the same course on Nov. 2. Freshman Cozette Collin led the team for the third race in a row with a fourth-place finish.
“Our whole objective was to learn the course, know how to run the hills and where to push. That’s what we’re walking away from this with,” said HPU head women’s cross country coach Jenna Wrieden. “This is a really challenging course and I want to focus on making sure our team runs well at the Big South Championship. Coastal and Liberty will make it tough but all we can focus on is ourselves.”
Collin placed fourth with a time of 18:57.08. Runners from three different teams were ahead of Collin, including winner Letitia Saayman from Coastal Carolina, who finished the hilly course in 18:18.17.
High Point’s second through fifth runners finished in a tight pack from 13th through 17th overall. Senior Audrey Malloy placed 13th in 19:45.74 and freshman Katie Farina was right behind in 19:48.28 and junior Sarah Dorrell placed 15th in 19:50.78. Freshman Natalia Ocasio placed 17th in a time of 20:00.28.
Sophomore Julia Zautcke was the sixth Panther to cross the line in 20th overall with a time of 20:04.34 and senior Kayleigh Perry placed 24th with a time of 20:17.29.
The Chanticleers won the meet with a score of 43 followed by Liberty at 53 and High Point at 63. Campbell placed fourth with 94 points and UNC Asheville took fifth with 139 points. VMI placed sixth followed by Radford, Charleston Southern, Longwood and Tusculum.
High Point finished third at the Big South Championship last fall after winning the title in 2011.

DAVIDSON VOLLEYBALL TOPS HPU
HIGH POINT — Junior Chelsea Davis led the High Point University volleyball team with 21 kills and a .309 attack percentage in a 3-0 loss to Davidson in the final match of the HPU Classic on Saturday at the Millis Center. The outside hitter was named to the HPU Classic All-Tournament Team.
“Chelsea Davis continues to play amazing volleyball for us,” said head coach Jason Oliver. “The rest of the team needs to rise to her level, which I know they are capable of. Once they do we will win a lot of volleyball games.”
Davis has posted double-digit kills in the last five matches. She also hit .309 with five blocks and five digs in Saturday’s match. Davis averaged 6.11 kills per set in the HPU Classic, hitting .313 with 24 digs and nine total blocks.
Sophomore Annemarie Chin tallied a match-high 21 digs and sophomore Wavie Chin came up with 11 digs.
Hannah Rau led Davidson with 13 kills and 16 digs and Carolina Brown added 11 kills and 14 digs. Both were named to the HPU Classic All-Tournament Team.
Maddie Simpson finished the night with 27 assists and seven digs for HPU, while Katie Vincent added five kills and two blocks while freshman Savannah Angel chipped in two kills and five blocks.
High Point will travel to UNC Greensboro on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match with the Spartans.
HPU Classic All-Tournament Team
Murray State
Sam Bedard (MVP)
Alyssa Lelm
Davidson
Hannah Rau
Caroline Brown
High Point
Chelsea Davis
North Carolina A&T
Brooke Stamnes

MURRAY STATE EDGES HPU VOLLEYBALL
HIGH POINT — The High Point University volleyball team dropped a three-set match to Murray State on Saturday at the Millis Center. Junior Chelsea Davis continued her strong play with a match-high 17 kills.
“Both teams played with a lot of heart and will,” said head coach Jason Oliver. “When it came time to execute down the stretch Murray State executed the little details better. I am happy with our system and I see our team making strides every day.”
Davis led all attackers with 17 kills while adding eight digs and four blocks. Sophomore Annemarie Chin tallied a match-high 26 digs and senior Maddie Simpson dished out 28 assists.
Alyssa Lelm and Scottie Ingram each tallied double-digit kills for the Racers, who improve to 9-4 on the season. HPU moves to 5-8.
HPU’s Kristin Heldt finished the match with seven kills and seven digs and junior Katie Vincent added five kills and seven blocks.

HPU MEN’S SOCCER POSTPONED
FARMVILLE, Va. — Saturday night’s High Point University men’s soccer game at Longwood was postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been announced.