Fieldhouse Weekender, 11.04.2018

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Shura Kitata competes in today’s New York City Marathon (photo – Getty Images)

NATIONAL

The 42nd New York City Marathon was held earlier today, with Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia capturing the men’s title in a time of 2:05.59. Mary Keitany of Kenya won the women’s race with a time of 2:22.48.

Shura Kitata (pictured) (2:06.01) of Ethiopia finished just behind Desisa, while defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor (2:06.26) of Kenya placed third to round out the men’s medal stand.

Behind Keitany in the women’s race were Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya (2:26.02) and defending champion Shalane Flanagan (2:26.22) of the US. Flanagan now has first (2017), second (2010), and third (2018) in the race on her resume.

“You just put your head down, keep working and fight for that podium spot,” Flanagan told the New York Times after the race. “So when I finally did get into that third place, I got another level of excitement and just felt really proud of myself in that moment that I kept fighting, even though there’s some rough patches in there.”

REGIONAL

College Football – In area college football, Furman (4-4) highlighted the weekend schedule with a 16-10 win over UT-Chattanooga. The Paladins are now 4-2 and in fourth place in the SoCon, behind Samford (5-4, 4-2), Wofford (6-3, 5-2) and ETSU (8-2, 6-1)

On Saturday, Western Carolina (3-6, 1-6) dropped a 38-24 decision to the Citadel (3-5, 3-4 SoCon) in Cullowhee. Asheville product Mitchell Chancey had 19 tackles for the Catamounts, and leads the SoCon with 90 tackles this season. He also ranks sixth in the nation in total tackles at the FCS level. 

The Mars Hill Lions (3-6) defeated UNC-Pembroke (2-6) on Saturday, 34-21. Quarterback Austin Brown, a former teammate of Chancey’s at Asheville’s Erwin High School, threw for three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth. At the NCAA Division III level, Brevard (2-6) fell to Averett (6-2), 25-6, in Danville, Virginia.

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UNCA’s Zach Boone (left) and Thomas Little at the Big South championships (photo  Todd Drexler/UNCA)

Cross Country – Across the region, conference championships began marking the end of the fall campaign late last month and continued into this weekend.

The UNCA Bulldogs wound down their 2018 season at the Big South championships in a heavy downpour in Kernersville, North Carolina in late October. In the men’s race, Zach Boone was the top finisher for the Bulldogs in the 8k final.

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Clara Wincheski (left) was UNCA’s top women’s finisher at the Big South finals (photo – Todd Drexler/UNCA)

Three-time Runner of the Week Clara Wincheski paced the women’s side, finishing fifth overall and capturing All-Conference honors in the process. The Bulldogs finished fourth as a team in both the men’s and women’s races for the second straight year.

Montreat College’s men’s cross country team won the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) championship in Canton, Georgia on Friday. With the team win, the Cavs advance to the NAIA Nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 16.

On the women’s side, Lydia Wilson advanced individually to the NAIA Nationals with an overall third-place finish in the race, while the women’s team captured fourth place in the 14-team AAC.

As previously reported, Furman’s men’s and women’s teams swept the Southern Conference championships and will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional in Rock Hill, South Carolina on November 9. 

PREPS

Christ School came back to defeat Trinity Christian, 33-32, on Friday to advance to the NCISAA championship game on November 9 at Charlotte Christian. Check this week’s Fieldhouse Report for more on the game. 

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Next: On Tuesday, look for college soccer, basketball, and more in this week’s Fieldhouse Report