Monday, October 3, 2011

Jackson and Winters lead Rattler victories at Bobby Lang Invitational

Chandelic JacksonThe Florida A&M University Rattler cross-country teams played rude hosts at their own third annual Bobby Lang Invitational on FAMU's Tallahassee campus. The Rattlers won, well, just about everything at the Saturday, 1 October 2011. Starting with the women's 5K race at 10:00AM ET, the Rattlers took the top three places, with the win going to Chandelic Jackson in 18:47, followed by her teammates Nadine Mulvaney (18:49) and Simone Durden (18:57). The FAMU ladies ended up with five of the top six spots, giving them 17 points and the team title in the meet. Albany State University was second with 46 points, and Bethune Cookman University third with 79.

Shuaib WintersThe top spot in the men's 8K race also went to a Rattler, FAMU ace distance runner and defending MEAC cross-country champion Shuaib Winters, who covered the course around the hilly campus in 25:20. Ricky Brown of Bethune Cookman and Michael Vincent of Morehouse followed Winters across the finish line. Led by Winters, the FAMU men put four runners in the top seven in scoring a narrow 32 - 34 victory over the 2010 Bobby Lang Invite champions, Morehouse University. The Bethune Cookman University men were third in the team standings with 60 points.

2011 FAMU men's cross-country teamBoth the women's and the men's race were run on mostly paved courses around the FAMU campus, starting and finishing on the Pete Griffin Track. Some might argue that the pavement makes it a road race instead of a cross-country run. While it's true that there was no mud, sand, or tree roots to negotiate, you should probably try running the hills of FAMU before you dismiss this as an easy course. The meet is named after legendary FAMU athletics coach, Bobby Lang, who presented the awards after the races.


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