By Bianca Warren
Sports Information Director
Cary, NC- Livingstone cross country teams competed in the 2013 Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge at the Great American Cross Country Festival at the WakeMed Soccer Complex. The Blue Bears and Lady Blue Bears successfully crossed all five runners across the line to create their team scores. As a team the Lady Blue Bears were more impressive with a 9th place finish amongst non-NCAA Division I teams while the Blue Bears finished 12th.
As a true test of power before the CIAA Championships on October 24, the Blue Bears finished with an overall team score of 272 behind many of the CIAA schools but focus on getting stronger over the two week period where they will face the same five mile course and many of the same teams. Sophomore Antonio Washington led the way with a 16th place finish amongst non-NCAA Division I runners covering the 8k course in 29:02.2. Washington’s time is the fastest time for a Blue Bear Cross Country runner in seven years. Other Blue Bear finishers were Freshman Otis Tisdale in 41st at 32:38.20, Sophomore Jaleel Armstrong 68th at 36:42, Sophomore Darius Brodie in 78th at 41.34.90 and Sophomore Juan Mortimer in 80th at 43:56.10. “We have a young team and look for progression in the athletes over the next two years” said Coach Davis.
The Lady Blue Bears totaled 230 points on the way to a 9th place finish. Senior Annakay Edwards ran her first race of the season and was able to race the course in 25th place amongst the non-NCAA Division I teams running 22:06.50. Freshman Tashima Brazil followed Edwards finishing 41st at 23:36.90. Rounding out the Lady Blue Bear runners were Freshman Quanera Hayes, 54th at 24:44.80, Senior Corrén Brown 65th at 27:01.30, and Freshman Sherri Samson 68th at 27:52.
Both teams will return to action when they host the Blue Bear Invitational on Saturday October 12th at the Salisbury Community Park beginning at 9:30 AM.