The Fayetteville State men's and women's cross country teams recently competed in its first meet of the 2012 season, the 23rd Annual Seahawk Invitational hosted by UNC Wilmington.
The men's cross country team finished seventh out of seven teams with 187 points, while East Carolina won the men's competition with 28 points. The Pirates were followed in the final results by host UNC Wilmington (50), Guilford (75), N.C. State Club (105), Pfeiffer (132) and Shaw (163).
Ernest Hawkins led the Broncos with a 32nd place finish and time of 17:36.75. Douglas Jackson followed with a 40th place finish and time of 18:10.69, while Ervin Brinkley finished in 68th place with a time of 21:27.83. Brandon Elmore and Anthony Mullen followed with 73rd and 74th place finishes, respectfully, and times of 22:33.02 and 22:34.01. Taron Sanders and Quincy Peterson rounded out the men's competition for Fayetteville State with 77th and 78th place finishes. Sanders posted a time of 23:55.50 and Peterson 24:14.96.
The Broncos women's team placed ninth place out of nine teams with 238 points. East Carolina finished its sweep of the Seahawk Invitational by capturing the women's competition with 15 points, and was followed by UNC Wilmington with 45 points. Meredith (3rd, 107 points), N.C. State Club (4th, 127 points), Pfeiffer (5th, 132 points), Guilford (6th, 149 points), Methodist (7th, 220 points) and Shaw (8th, 232 points) rounded out the women's portion of the Invitational.
Amanda Anderson was the top performer for the Fayetteville State women with a 70th place performance and time of 25:26.00. Rachel Hays finished 79th for the Lady Broncos with a time of 27:21.08, while Brittany Wilkins and Nia Trawick followed with 85th and 86th place finishes. Wilkins posted a time of 28:56.45 and Trawick at 29:11.65. Dasniii Curtis rounded out the competition for Fayetteville State as she placed 95th with a time of 36:30.24
The cross country squads will return to action on Friday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. when they travel to Cary, NC for the HBCU Challenge.