Fayetteville State Cross Country Sets Initial Marks in Barton Invitational

Wilson, NC – The Fayetteville State University men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2016 season at the Barton Cross Country Invitational held Friday, September 9th at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex. The men's team placed 8th overall with 206 points on the 8k course, while the women's squad finished 10th with 272 points on the 5k course.

Sophomore Richard Prudente-Bernal (Fayetteville, NC) crossed the line first for the Broncos with a time of 30:14.34. He finished 25th among 67 competitors. Sophomore Jyonte' Raynor (Goldsboro, NC) placed 32nd overall with a time of 32:01.25. Prudente-Bernal and Raynor had the top two finishes for the Fayetteville State men.

Louisburg College placed six runners among the top eight and easily won the meet for the second straight year with 21 points. Francis Marion University was a distant second with 62 points, followed by Pfeiffer University with 90. Barton placed fourth with 105 points, Methodist University was fifth with 119 points, followed by Shaw University with 184. Rounding out the rest of the nine-team field were Winston-Salem State (200 points), Fayetteville State (206) and Chowan (224).

Joel Lagat of Barton College completed the 8K course in 26:41.05 to lead the field of runners to the finish line.

On the women's side, Sarah Mastin led the Lady Broncos with a time of 25:03.68 for a 38th overall finish. Senior Ivory Gladden (Greensboro, NC) followed with a time of 28:28.04 to claim 59th out of 83 competitors.

Pfeiffer placed all five of its scoring runners among the top 12 to take the team title with 41 points. Winston-Salem State was second with 75 points, and Barton finished third for the third straight year with 80.

Meredith College was fourth with 90 points, followed by Louisburg with 97 and Francis Marion with 133. Rounding out the field were Salem College (190 points), Shaw (236), Chowan (252) and Fayetteville State (272).

Sharon Kiptoo of Barton claimed the individual title crossing the line first with a time of 20:22.66; roughly four seconds ahead of Pfeiffer's Kylie Spencer. 

The Broncos will return to the trail on Saturday, September 17th in the Methodist Monarch Cross Country Classic. Start time is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Fayetteville, NC.

Barton women finishers                               Barton men finishers
38. Sarah Mastin – 25:03.68                         25. Richard Prudente-Bernal – 25:03.68
59. Ivory Gladden – 28:28.04                       32. Jyonte' Raynor – 32:01.25
67. Kayla Phifer – 29:55.17                            58. Collin Nordan – 36:44.40
82. Kara Straite – 42:03.19                            63. Darian Stanton – 40:18.79
83. Kyera Colemon – 42:04.08                     67. Tresor Dlan – 45:29.99