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Saturday, October 13, 2001 -- Buckhannon, WV
Bobcat Classic 2001 (iPO Event Id#: 4648)
Story and photos by Mike Monroe

[Details] [Coverage]
Results: [Open] [Men's Collegiate] [Women's Collegiate] [Teams Standings]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9] [Set 10]

Open Race
Everyone was invited to come out and enjoy some fall XC running
This weekend West Virginia Wesleyan was the host of the Bobcat Classic Open and Collegiate races, held in Buckhannon West Virginia. The race benefits the Wesleyan XC team, and they also helped fellow Wesleyan runners by doing anything they could to help make things run smooth. Smiles were seen on everyone's faces as they warmed up under the bright sun that snuck out from behind the clouds right before the open race started, which helped warm the air a good bit. Even though the sun was making his presence known, the mud was being stubborn and did not want to leave the course. You couldn't have asked for a better day weather wise or a better place to hold the race.

The gorgeous fall foliage outlined the 5K course as it made its way through the bottom and up the demanding hills on the course. "This is a fast course," veteran runners said as they got ready for the race. "You were right," could be heard after the race as the early racers cooled down.

Men's XC
The men's collegiate teams take to the course
The Open 5K race started at 10 a.m. with 37 runners strong, and made one lap around the course and finished only 33 minutes later as the final finisher crossed the line. Sara Walker came away with her fastest time ever on this course (19:20) in the female division, and 11th overall. Sara has now run this course for six consecutive years, 4 times as a Wesleyan cross-country runner and twice as a Wesleyan alumnus. She took out time from her Medical schooling at WVU to train and to run the race. Betsy Curry finished a close second place behind Sara with a time of 21:20, and chasing her was Diana Wilson who crossed the line with a time of 22:51.

The Masters division also had a few runners as Alice Tenney was the winner for the females with a time of 32:06 and J.R. Cornell finished as the male winner with a time of 21:05.

The Male Division set at fast pace with the top three finishers finishing 33 seconds apart. Scott Allison crossing the line first with an outstanding time of 16:02, but Dave McCollam (16:18) and Takuya Abe (16:35) were pushing him the entire race. All who participated in the open race had a good time, and even stayed to enjoy watching the collegiate runners in their race.

Women's Awards
The Bobcat women earn top honors
After the Open Race was over with it was time for the Collegiate Runners to come out and strut their stuff. The top finisher for the collegiate men's meet was Jason Santucci (WVU) with a time of 25:39. The real race was for first and second between Alderson-Broadus teamates Mikey Guinn and Ben Bolack with only four seconds separating the two at the finish. Mikey lead at the tape with a time of 26:23 to Ben's time of 26:27. Their strong showing anchored the A-B team as it posted 23 points to take the win over West Virginia Wesleyan (32 points).

The females made their presence known on the course, as well. Two WV Wesleyan runners, Beth Golden (20:04), defending Conference Champ, and Missy Wood (20:50), set the pace on the course. Amy Tony (21:32) took third over A-B's Alisha Sager (21:34). The collegiate winning team for the females was Buckhannon's very own WV Wesleyan Bobcats (23 points) with A-B (67 points) edging Concord (80 points) for second.

All in all everyone had a great day and I encourage you to keep your eyes peeled for the next Bobcat Classic and not only come and watch, but have fun running this fantastic course.