Fayetteville State Finishes Third at HBCU Challenge, Defeating All CIAA Participants

Oct. 7, 2017

Complete Results

Cary, NC -- The Fayetteville State's cross-country team has been set to task since Head Cross Country Coach Inez Turner accepted the position in July. The newly renovated program has been the talk of the CIAA with top three finishes all season.

This past Saturday (October 7th), the Broncos' third-place finish was the sweetest ever. The women's cross-country team scored 100 points at the Great American Cross Country Festival's HBCU Challenge and trailed Hampton University (25) and North Carolina A&T State University (47).

What makes this finish so great, you ask?

Fayetteville State defeated Coach Turner's former squad, Winston-Salem State University, by 57 points. The Rams of WSSU finished fifth overall with 157 points. FSU also had the better of eight (8) other CIAA institutions. Saint Augustine's finished sixth (171) while Livingstone was seventh (174). Bowie State trailed at ninth (195) with Virginia Union (270), Virginia State (285), Lincoln (Pa.) (296), Shaw (364), and Chowan (374) bringing up the rear.

"I am so proud of where we are," said Head Coach Turner.

Fifteen HBCU participated in the challenge which made up a field of 94 runners.

Freshman standout Aleena Cruz (Knightdale, NC) has been the lead runner for the Broncos with a 12th place finish in a 5-kilometer time of 20:23.2. She scored 11 points with an average mile of 6:33.7. Destiny Stevons (Durham, NC) scored 15 points with a 16th place finish in 20:57.8 with an average mile of 6:44.8. Morgan Gaither (Merrit Island, FL) made the Top-20 with a 19th place finish. She averaged 6:58.4 per mile with a total time of 21:39.9.



The men's cross-country team finished 12th overall with 284 points. Richard Prudente-Bernal (Fayetteville, NC) finished 29th out of 95 runners with a 7.71K time of 29:35.7. He had an average mile of 6:10.6 and scored 27 points. Jaylaan Poe was in at 48th with a time of 31:34.5.

Fayetteville State University will participate in the Blue Bear Invitational on Friday, October 13th in Salisbury, NC. The meet, hosted by Livingstone College, will start at 5:30 pm at the Salisbury Community Park.

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