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Men's Track and Field Wins Ninth Consecutive Conference Championship
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4/19/2015 6:33:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Embry-Riddle men's track and field team wrapped up the final day of The Sun Conference Championships by winning its ninth consecutive conference title on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles finished the meet with 306 points, while Warner finished as the runner-up with 133.50 points and Northwood placed third with 101.50 points.

Sunday's competition started off well for ERAU as three Eagles earned points in the 3000m Steeplechase. Adam Lawrence was ERAU's top finisher in the event as he finished fourth with a time of 10:11.78 to add five points to the team total, while Paul McKenna (10:16.81) earned four points by finishing fifth. Jason Riggs (11:32.79) added one more point as he finished eighth.

The Eagles had even more success in the 4x100m relay as the team of Abdullah Carew, James Lovett, Ricardo Dunbar, and Harish Prasad won the event with a "B" standard time of 41.55, giving the Blue and Gold 10 more points.

Embry-Riddle had a very impressive showing in the 1500m as Eagles took four of the top five spots in the race. Alec Hernandez earned 10 points for ERAU as he was the winner of the event, crossing the finish line in a new conference record time of 3:56.92. Zach Kraus (4:04.70) and Palmer Lintz (4:06.65) earned eight and six points each as they finished second and third, respectively. James Fell (4:14.18) added four more points as he placed fifth in the event.

Alex Dori earned eight points in the 110m hurdles as he finished second in the event with a time of 15.31. Zane Zeigler finished right behind Dori as he placed third in the race with a time of 15.41, giving the Eagles six points.

Dori and Zeigler had even more success in the 400m hurdles. Dori won the event with a time of 55.08, adding 10 points to the Eagles' team total, while Zeigler earned six more points by finishing third with a time of 58.68.

The Blue and Gold picked up 12 points in the 400m as Joe Fuller (50.07) finished third in the event, Ricardo Dunbar (50.71) finished fifth, and Lonnie Marts (51.24) finished sixth.

The Eagled scored 18 more points in the 100m dash as Lovett became the conference champion in the event by winning the race with a time of 10.12, while Prasad earned a second place finish with a time of 11.00.

Jamin Mays gave the Eagles 10 more points as he successfully defended his conference title in the 800m, winning the event with a time of 1:57.35, while DeVontae Persha earned six points by finishing third with a time of 1:58.97.

The 200m race saw the Eagles pick up 10 more points as Lovett (22.06) finished third, Dunbar (22.40) finished sixth, and Emerson Tyler (22.95) finished eighth.

In the 5000m race, Matt Graves (16:24.64) tacked on six points for the Blue and Gold by placing third, while Lawrence (17:35.29) added one more point with his eighth place finish.

ERAU earned eight more points in the final track event of the day as Lovett, Fuller, Dunbar, and Dori finished second in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:19.62.

The Eagles also performed very well in the field events. ERAU swept the podium in the pole vault, earning 29 total points. Evan Bales became the conference champion with a "B" standard height of 4.70m, Zachary Leitzau finished as the runner-up with a height of 4.35m, and James Bullock placed third with a mark of 4.35m. Daniel Cashdollar added five more points by finishing fifth in the event with a height of 3.30m.

Three more Eagles earned points in the shot put. Brodie Lubelski gave the Eagles six points by finishing third with a throw of 14.14, while Zach Farner's fifth place throw of 13.38m gave the team four points. Lonnie Marts was the final Eagle to score in the event as he earned two points by placing seventh with a throw of 12.65m.

After winning the triple jump on Saturday, Richard Maku came out on Sunday and earned 10 more points for ERAU by winning the long jump with a leap of 7.03m. Marts scored three points by placing sixth with a mark of 6.11m, while Bullock's seventh place jump of 6.10m provided the Eagles with two points.

The final event of conference meet was the discus throw. Lubelski finished third in the event with a throw of 42.85m, giving the Eagles six points. Farner (40.60m) and Michael Haynes (39.64m) tacked on nine total points to the ERAU total as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

At the conclusion of the meet, all competitors who finished in the top three of their events were named All-Conference performers.

Several Eagles also received other individual awards. Freshman James Lovett was named the 2015 Sun Conference Track Athlete of the Year as he earned 20.5 total points this weekend to lead all runners. Daniel Cashdollar was also voted the league's Champions of Character award winner. Additionally, ERAU head coach Mike Rosolino was named the Sun Conference Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career.


Eagles Finish 26th at NAIA National Championships
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11/17/2014 3:04:00 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships were held on Saturday afternoon at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash., and the Embry-Riddle Eagles finished 26th out of the 32 total teams in the event.

The Eagles, who earned an automatic bid to the National Championships thanks to their eighth straight Sun Conference title on Nov. 3, were paced by Vincent Bett, who placed 65th with a time of 26:00. Alec Hernandez placed 112th in 26:41, while Jacob Dordick finished the 8K in 27:22 (160th place).

Rounding out the Eagles scorers were senior Josh Guerrero (28:10, 185th) and Jason Riggs (28:18, 186th), while Ryan Larson (28:21, 189th) also ran for Head Coach Mike Rosolino.

The Eagles totalled 708 points to place 26th. St. Francis (Ill.) put four runners in the top 50 and tallied 138 points to claim the 2012 title. Southern Oregon (153), Cal State San Marcos (165), Oklahoma Baptist (179) and Aquinas (191) rounded out the top five teams.


Embry-Riddle Wins Eighth Straight Conference Crown, Kirwa Claims Fourth Conference Title
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11/3/2014 3:04:00 PM

LAKE WALES, Fla. - The 13th-ranked Embry-Riddle Eagles' cross country team continued it's dominance of The Sun Conference on Saturday morning, blowing away the rest of the field for the eighth conference title in program history, all in a row, dating back to 2005. Senior Evans Kirwa became the first runner in Sun Conference history to win the league meet four times, garnering his fourth Runner of the Year honor.

Kirwa finished the race in 25:06.91, nearly a full minute in front of SCAD Savannah's Ignacio Fernandez. Sophomore Vincent Bett placed third in 26:06.05, capturing Sun Conference Newcomer of the Year accolades. Alec Hernandez finished fourth in 26:21.24 and Zachary Kraus ran a 26:39.51 for a seventh-place showing. Jacob Dordick rounded out the Embry-Riddle scorers in 12th position, running in a time of 27:09.40.

The Eagles' 27 points was almost half of second-place finisher Webber International's 52. SCAD Savannah finished third with 57 points, while Warner (143) and the University of South Carolina Beaufort (165) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Paul Meesala finished 14th in the race in 27:25.11, the fastest time of his career. Jason Riggs (27:30.79), Jamin Mays (27:36.60) and Joshua Guerrero (27:52.95) placed 16th, 17th and 18th for the Eagles and freshman Makynzee Balucas was the final Eagle to compete, running a 31.34.26 for 42nd place.

Kirwa paced the six Eagles on the All-Conference teams, joining Bett, Hernandez and Kraus on the first team, while Dordick and Meesala earned second team honors.

The Blue and Gold now earns an automatic berth to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Fort Vancouver, Wash. The 32-team event takes place on Nov. 17, 2012.


Eagles Win Eighth Straight Conference Crown
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4/22/2014 3:04:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Embry-Riddle men's track & field team concluded the final day of the 2014 Sun Conference Championships on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles locked in their eighth straight conference title finishing with 289 points, Warner finished as the runner-ups with 116 points and Northwood was third with 102 points.

Paul McKenna started the day off with a bang for the Eagles, winning the 3000m steeplechase in 9:35.04, earning 10 points towards the team score. Matt Graves and Jason Riggs earned four and three points each after finishing fifth and sixth respectively in the event.

The day continued on a high note with the Eagles' 4x100m relay team of Abdullah Carew, James Bullock, Joe DiGregorio and Ricardo Dunbar posting a "B" standard and winning the event in 41.84.

The Eagles had an impressive showing in the 1500m race with Andrew Carpenter taking the title in a new conference record time of 3:57.92, earning 10 points while Alec Hernandez was second in 3:59.05 earning eight points. Ryan Larson took fourth in the event with a time of 4:05.94, earning five points.

In the 110m hurdles Alex Dori earned eight points finishing second in 15.10 while Zane Ziegler was fourth in 15.32 earning five points for the team. The Eagles picked up five more points in the 400m dash after Jean Frenot placed fourth with a time of 49.15.

In the 100m dash DiGregorio earned six points after taking the bronze medal in 11.01, while Carew earned five points after taking fourth in 11.14 and Dunbar earned two points finishing seventh in 11.31.

Jamin Mays earned 10 points and a gold medal by winning the 800m race in 1:54.62, while Carpenter earned six points and the bronze in 1:56.53.

In the 400m hurdles the Eagles found the top of the podium again with Dori taking the gold in 54.96 and earning 10 points. Jonathan Hemingway took the bronze in the event finishing in 56.82, earning six points, while Zane Ziegler was seventh in 59.49 earning three points.

In the pole vault competition the Eagles picked up 24 points when they swept the podium with Michael Campobasso winning the event and gaining 10 points with a mark of 4.45m while Evan Bales and A.J. Bales tied for second with a jump of 4.30m and seven points a piece.

In the 200m dash Dunbar tacked on three points for the team score by placing sixth in 23.03.

The Eagles swept the podium in the long jump and earned 27 total points in the event after James Bullock won in 6.94m, Richard Maku was second with a mark of 6.67m, DiGregorio was third with a 6.67m mark and Kameron Turner was sixth with a 6.27m jump.

In the shot put, Zack Farner picked up four points for finishing in fifth with a 12.54m mark, Kameron Turner was sixth in the event with a 12.34m mark and Angel Parra was seventh with an 11.89m mark.

ERAU picked up 16 points in the final field event of the day, the discus throw, with Parra winning in 42.31m, Farner was fourth with a 40.92m mark and Turner took fifth with a 36.81m mark.

In the final individual event of the meet, McKenna took home a silver medal in the 5000m race finishing in 15:38.44.

The Blue and Gold rounded out the meet by taking home the silver in the 4x400m relay when Frenot, Hemingway, Dori and DiGregorio teamed up to finish in 3:17.94.

Following the meet McKenna was named The Sun Conference Track Athlete of the Year and ERAU Head Coach Mike Rosolino was named the Coach of the Year.


Eagles Hit Seven Qualifying Standards on Day Two of ERAU Last Chance Meet
Zach Shore | @Jersey_SID88
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2/16/2013 5:09:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Embry-Riddle track and field team recorded seven NAIA standard qualifying marks on Saturday, the second day of the ERAU Last Chance meet.

On the track, Alec Hernandez achieved the automatic qualifying time in the 1000m, running a 2:30.30 to win the event. Palmer Lintz also ran in the event, recording a time of 2:42.95.

Vincent Bett won his event, the 3000m, with an “A” standard time of 8:40.69. Ryan Larson (9:03.56) finished fifth while Jason Riggs (9:19.72) placed 10th.

Kristina Kendrick placed first in the 600m with a “B” standard time of 1:37.52, .02 seconds shy of the automatic qualifying mark. Martina Tafoya (1:42.51) and Holly Sandon (1:46.99) also ran in the event.

Breanna Goring was impressive in the 60m hurdles, winning the event in a “B” standard time of 9.29.

In the field events, Reta Woodard won the weight throw by 6.00m with an automatic qualifying distance of 18.47m. She also won the discus with a throw of 46.17m. Mike Edwards continued his dominance of the high jump, winning the event with an “A” standard height of 2.10m. Adam Holdsworth won the pole vault competition with an automatic qualifying height of 4.75m.

The Eagle track teams will head to Geneva, Ohio in two weeks as they compete at the NAIA Indoor National Championships Feb. 28-Mar. 2. The championships are held at the SPIRE Institute.


Eagles' Men's Track & Field Win Seventh Straight Conference Title
Zach Shore | @Jersey_SID88
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4/22/2013 9:59:00 PM

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Led by Track Athlete of the Year Vincent Bett, the Embry-Riddle men's track & field team captured its seventh consecutive title at The Sun Conference Championships on Monday. Head Coach Mike Rosolino was also named Coach of the Year at the meet.

The Blue and Gold finished the competition with 319 points, with Warner placing second with 137 points and Webber rounding out the top three with 119 points.

Bett wrapped up Track Athlete of the Year honors on Monday with a pair of victories in the 3,000m Steeplechase (9:31.32) and 5,000m (16:26.69), winning the former by more than one minute and the latter by almost 30 seconds, a wide margin for the event.

While Bett stole the show for the Eagles, Jason Riggs took second (10:47.67) in the steeplechase and fifth (17:38.99) in the 5,000m while Alec McMillan also placed in the event, taking third (17:14.26)

The Eagles performed well in the hurdle events, as Zane Zeigler finished third in the 110m hurdles (15.23) while Alex Dori won the gold medal for ERAU in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.47.

Harish Prasad scored 12 points for the Eagles with his third-place finish in the 100m (11.07) and the 200m (22.36m) while adding five more points with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (6.13m)...


Eagles Hit Seven Qualifying Standards on Day Two of ERAU Last Chance Meet
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2/16/2013 5:09:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Embry-Riddle track and field team recorded seven NAIA standard qualifying marks on Saturday, the second day of the ERAU Last Chance meet.

On the track, Alec Hernandez achieved the automatic qualifying time in the 1000m, running a 2:30.30 to win the event. Palmer Lintz also ran in the event, recording a time of 2:42.95.

Vincent Bett won his event, the 3000m, with an “A” standard time of 8:40.69. Ryan Larson (9:03.56) finished fifth while Jason Riggs (9:19.72) placed 10th.

Kristina Kendrick placed first in the 600m with a “B” standard time of 1:37.52, .02 seconds shy of the automatic qualifying mark. Martina Tafoya (1:42.51) and Holly Sandon (1:46.99) also ran in the event.

Breanna Goring was impressive in the 60m hurdles, winning the event in a “B” standard time of 9.29.

In the field events, Reta Woodard won the weight throw by 6.00m with an automatic qualifying distance of 18.47m. She also won the discus with a throw of 46.17m. Mike Edwards continued his dominance of the high jump, winning the event with an “A” standard height of 2.10m. Adam Holdsworth won the pole vault competition with an automatic qualifying height of 4.75m.

The Eagle track teams will head to Geneva, Ohio in two weeks as they compete at the NAIA Indoor National Championships Feb. 28-Mar. 2. The championships are held at the SPIRE Institute.


12/1/2012 7:31:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Embry-Riddle senior Evans Kirwa wrapped up the fall racing season and began his professional career as the winner of the OUC Orlando Half Marathon on Saturday. Kirwa, who concluded his career with ERAU's cross country and track teams as the most accomplished harrier in program history this fall, completed the 13.1 mile course through the streets of downtown Orlando in 1:09.06.

Alec Hernandez, Vincent Bett, Jacob Dordick, Ryan Larson and Jason Riggs also competed in Saturday's race. Hernandez placed seventh overall in 1:13.20, followed by Bett who was eighth in 1:13.40 and Dordick who finished 10th in 1:13.55. The trio qualified for the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the marathon by hitting the “B” qualifying standard of 1:15.00.

Larson missed the cut by just 41 seconds, finishing 14th in 1:15.41. Riggs was just a few steps behind Larson, crossing the finish line in 1:15.58 for 16th overall.

The only woman competing for the Eagles on Saturday was sophomore Aleiyah Ross who turned in a time of 1:39.38 for fifth place in her age division and 39th place overall.

The Eagles' track and field teams will compete in their first meet of 2013 on Jan. 17 when they travel to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the Gator Invitational.


Eagles Finish 26th at NAIA National Championships
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11/17/2012 7:56:00 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships were held on Saturday afternoon at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash., and the Embry-Riddle Eagles finished 26th out of the 32 total teams in the event.

The Eagles, who earned an automatic bid to the National Championships thanks to their eighth straight Sun Conference title on Nov. 3, were paced by Vincent Bett, who placed 65th with a time of 26:00. Alec Hernandez placed 112th in 26:41, while Jacob Dordick finished the 8K in 27:22 (160th place).

Rounding out the Eagles scorers were senior Josh Guerrero (28:10, 185th) and Jason Riggs (28:18, 186th), while Ryan Larson (28:21, 189th) also ran for Head Coach Mike Rosolino.

The Eagles totalled 708 points to place 26th. St. Francis (Ill.) put four runners in the top 50 and tallied 138 points to claim the 2012 title. Southern Oregon (153), Cal State San Marcos (165), Oklahoma Baptist (179) and Aquinas (191) rounded out the top five teams.


Embry-Riddle Wins Eighth Straight Conference Crown, Kirwa Claims Fourth Conference Title
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11/3/2012 9:13:00 AM

LAKE WALES, Fla. - The 13th-ranked Embry-Riddle Eagles' cross country team continued it's dominance of The Sun Conference on Saturday morning, blowing away the rest of the field for the eighth conference title in program history, all in a row, dating back to 2005. Senior Evans Kirwa became the first runner in Sun Conference history to win the league meet four times, garnering his fourth Runner of the Year honor.

Kirwa finished the race in 25:06.91, nearly a full minute in front of SCAD Savannah's Ignacio Fernandez. Sophomore Vincent Bett placed third in 26:06.05, capturing Sun Conference Newcomer of the Year accolades. Alec Hernandez finished fourth in 26:21.24 and Zachary Kraus ran a 26:39.51 for a seventh-place showing. Jacob Dordick rounded out the Embry-Riddle scorers in 12th position, running in a time of 27:09.40.

The Eagles' 27 points was almost half of second-place finisher Webber International's 52. SCAD Savannah finished third with 57 points, while Warner (143) and the University of South Carolina Beaufort (165) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Paul Meesala finished 14th in the race in 27:25.11, the fastest time of his career. Jason Riggs (27:30.79), Jamin Mays (27:36.60) and Joshua Guerrero (27:52.95) placed 16th, 17th and 18th for the Eagles and freshman Makynzee Balucas was the final Eagle to compete, running a 31.34.26 for 42nd place.

Kirwa paced the six Eagles on the All-Conference teams, joining Bett, Hernandez and Kraus on the first team, while Dordick and Meesala earned second team honors.

The Blue and Gold now earns an automatic berth to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Fort Vancouver, Wash. The 32-team event takes place on Nov. 17, 2012.


School Record Falls as Kirwa and Embry-Riddle Claim Sand Shark Invitational
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10/20/2012 2:28:00 PM

BEAUFORT, S.C. - The 2012 regular season slate came to a fantastic conclusion on Saturday at the Sand Shark Invitational, hosted by South Carolina Beaufort. The Embry-Riddle Eagles posted 11 personal-records, including a school record time of 24:05.21 from senior Evans Kirwa, culminating in a first-place team finish in the 17-team event. Kirwa claimed his 16th individual meet title, ending his Embry-Riddle regular season career with 13 of the top-20 times in program history.

Sophomore Vincent Bett etched his named in the Eagle record books with a second-place finish in a time of 24:44.82, the 16th-fastest in school history. Alec Hernandez placed fifth in 25:09.41, while Zachary Kraus (13th - 25:47.80) and Jacob Dordick (26th - 26:20.72) rounded out the Embry-Riddle scorers with all five setting career-best marks.

Jamin Mays (26:56.31), Ryan Larson (26:56.44), Jason Riggs (27:16.97), Palmer Lintz (29:15.73), Dalton L'Heureux (29:24.54) and Trey Williams (31:39.12) also set personal-best times.

The Eagles finished 11 points better than second-place Spartanburg Methodist, while Emmanuel, SCAD Savannah and Webber International finished third through fifth respectively.

The Blue and Gold will take two weeks off to prepare for The Sun Championships on Nov. 3. Webber International is set to host the conference meet in Babson Park, Fla. with the winner of the meet earning an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships in Fort Vancoiver, Wash. on Nov. 17.


School Record Falls as Kirwa and Embry-Riddle Claim Sand Shark Invitational
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10/20/2012 2:28:00 PM

BEAUFORT, S.C. - The 2012 regular season slate came to a fantastic conclusion on Saturday at the Sand Shark Invitational, hosted by South Carolina Beaufort. The Embry-Riddle Eagles posted 11 personal-records, including a school record time of 24:05.21 from senior Evans Kirwa, culminating in a first-place team finish in the 17-team event. Kirwa claimed his 16th individual meet title, ending his Embry-Riddle regular season career with 13 of the top-20 times in program history.

Sophomore Vincent Bett etched his named in the Eagle record books with a second-place finish in a time of 24:44.82, the 16th-fastest in school history. Alec Hernandez placed fifth in 25:09.41, while Zachary Kraus (13th - 25:47.80) and Jacob Dordick (26th - 26:20.72) rounded out the Embry-Riddle scorers with all five setting career-best marks.

Jamin Mays (26:56.31), Ryan Larson (26:56.44), Jason Riggs (27:16.97), Palmer Lintz (29:15.73), Dalton L'Heureux (29:24.54) and Trey Williams (31:39.12) also set personal-best times.

The Eagles finished 11 points better than second-place Spartanburg Methodist, while Emmanuel, SCAD Savannah and Webber International finished third through fifth respectively.

The Blue and Gold will take two weeks off to prepare for The Sun Championships on Nov. 3. Webber International is set to host the conference meet in Babson Park, Fla. with the winner of the meet earning an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships in Fort Vancoiver, Wash. on Nov. 17.


Eagles Win Sixth Straight Asics Crown; Kirwa Breaks Meet Record
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9/22/2012 1:32:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Evans Kirwa won his second race of 2012 while breaking the meet record at the Asics Embry-Riddle Classic on Saturday, helping the Eagles to their sixth consecutive title in the event. The Eagles placed all five scorers in the top 10 to easily claim their first team crown of the season.

Kirwa, the reigning NAIA National Runner of the Week, had no trouble outpacing the rest of the field, finishing the 8K race in 25:25.02, a full minute faster than Vincent Bett's time of 26:30.57. Bett finished second in the race, showing improvement in just his second meet as an Eagle.

Sophomore Alec Hernandez finished third in both the race and for the Eagles, recording a 27:04.38 as the Eagles went 1-2-3 in the race.

Zachary Kraus (6th - 27:45.58) and Jacob Dordick (9th - 28:09.20) both scored for the Blue and Gold on Saturday, impressing Rosolino with their efforts.

"Jacob ran much better than last race," Rosolino said. "Both he and Zach gave us a great race today."

Ryan Larson and Jason Riggs finished 14th and 15th respectively, while 10 other Eagles raced in the event, seven of them finishing in the top 50.

"This was a tougher course than we've ran this year," Rosolino pointed out. "I was happy with our effort and our results today. I'd like to see some of our gaps close, and I think that if we do that we can move into that top five-to-ten teams in the NAIA."


Men's Cross Country Finishes Third at Mountain Dew Invitational
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9/15/2012 10:58:00 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 2012 edition of the Embry-Riddle men's cross country team competed in its' second race of the season on Saturday morning, finishing third at the Mountain Dew Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida. The Eagles finished only behind the host Gators and North Florida on the day, beating six NCAA I teams and six NCAA II squads.

Evans Kirwa barely missed out on winning his second race of the 2012 season, placing second behind unattached Jeremy Criscione (a participant in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon). Kirwa's 24:14.53 was less than six seconds off Criscione's winning mark, and was the third fastest time in Embry-Riddle program history. Kirwa's time also marked the fastest the native Kenyan had recorded at the Mountain Dew Invitational.

Sophomore Vincent Bett made his Embry-Riddle debut an impressive one for Coach Mike Rosolino and the Eagles, finishing in 25:30.77, good for 12th overall and good enough to make him the sixth-fastest runner in Blue and Gold history.

Joining Bett on the list of fastest runners was sophomore Alec Hernandez, finishing third for the Eagles in 25:52.94, putting him 19th in the race and 12th on the fastest runners list...

Zachary Kraus (39th - 26:28.59) and Ryan Larson (63rd - 27:06.14) were the final two scorers for the Eagles, both finishing more than a minute faster than last week.

"We had much better times than last week obviosuly," Rosolino noted. "Some of that is running on a reasonable course that wasn't waterlogged, and part of it was us just running better."

Several other Eagles posted career-bests on the day, including Jamin Mays (75th - 27:18.40), Jason Riggs (92nd - 27:49.23), Palmer Lintz (140th - 29:51.56) and Trey Williams (171st - 34:58.28) while Makynzee Balucas made his collegiate debut for the Eagles.

"It was nice to get Vincent and some of the new guys in there today," said Rosolino. "It was mostly an NCAA I field and we beat six of them, that's a big accomplishment."


Kirwa Wins First Race of 2012, Eagles Finish Third in Season Opener
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9/7/2012 8:20:00 PM

TAMPA, Fla. - The NAIA No. 21 Embry-Riddle men's cross country team kicked off their 2012 season at the USF Invitational on Friday evening, matching their highest-ever finish of third at the event. Senior Evans Kirwa won the meet, his 13th individual meet title as an Eagle, blowing away the rest of the field by 38 seconds.

The Eagles tallied 79 team points, just four behind second-place Nova Southeastern (NCAA II), while Florida A&M (NCAA I) claimed the team title with 59 points.

Kirwa's time of 25:45.07 outpaced Florida A&M's Elias Chesire (26:23.26), giving the Eldoret, Kenya native his second straight USF Invitational individual crown.

"It's always good to get that first race under our belts," Head Coach Mike Rosolino stated. "Tonight's race let us see where we are at, even though the course was really muddy and slow."

Two inches of rain on Thursday dampened the Bulls' home course, causing slow times across the board.

"It was a challenging night for us," said Rosolino. "The mud and heat was a tough combination. It wasn't our best season opener, but it was a solid effort all around."

Sophomore Alec Hernandez finished second for the Eagles in 11th overall, running to a time of 27:49.99, followed by Zachary Kraus's 28:09.36 in 18th. Jason Riggs and Jacob Dordick went 26th and 27th with a 28:33.75 and 28:33.90 respectively, rounding out the Eagle scorers.

Jamin Mays (29:16.72), Ryan Larson (29:20.09), Mallory Jackson (30:58.21), Palmer Lintz (31:07.83), Dalton L'Heureux (31:55.39) and Trey Williams (38:47.38) also competed for Embry-Riddle; it was the collegiate debuts of Mays, Larson, Lintz and Williams.

"The gap we had between our second and fifth runners was very small," Rosolino mentioned. "It was good to see guys step up while we were missing a couple of our top runners."

The Blue and Gold topped four NCAA I teams and a pair of NCAA II squads at the meet.


Szablowski Wins Two Events, Eagles Hold Lead at Conference Meet
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4/22/2012 10:11:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Adam Szablowski took home gold medals in the hammer and the javelin on Sunday night as the Embry-Riddle men's team jumped out to a 45-point lead after day one of The Sun Conference Championships hosted by ERAU. The Eagles closed out the day with 115 points, with Webber International in second place with 70 points and Warner in third place with 14 points.

Szablowski scored 20 points for the Blue and Gold, winning the hammer throw with a mark of 40.97m and the javelin with a distance of 53.21m. The Eagles swept the podium in the hammer as John Schmotzer placed second (38.14m) and Peter Benoit finished third (28.33m). Benoit also came in second in the javelin (51.87m), while teammates Andrew Paino (44.25m) and Brett Galloway (44.03m) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Leon Robinson earned All-Conference accolades in both of the jumps on Sunday, placing second in the triple jump (13.16m) and third in the high jump (1.91m). Craig Milliard finished just behind Robinson in the triple jump, coming in third with a mark of 12.27m.

The Eagles placed four runners in the top six in the 10,000m, led by Alex Frazier's first-place time of 33:08.27. Josh Guerrero placed second in 34:06.60, while Jacob Dordick finished fourth (34:33.31) and Jason Riggs came in sixth (35:32.07).

Reagan Beal advanced to the finals in the 400m, where he will be the second seed; Beal will be joined by Brian Laing, who qualified seventh. Beal will also run in the 200m finals along with teammates Leon Robinson, Jeffrey McClary II and James Morgan. Robinson, McClary II and Morgan all qualified in the 100m as well, with Robinson and McClary II winning their preliminary heats to earn the top two seeds in tomorrow's final.

The Eagles closed out the first day's events with a first-place finish in the 4x800m relay. Jonathon Brasch, Joe Fuller, Mallory Jackson and Galloway teamed up to run a 7:46.13, winning the race by over seven seconds.

The Sun Conference Championships will conclude tomorrow at the ERAU Track Complex with action beginning at 9 a.m. The first men's race will be the 3000m Steeplechase at 9:20 a.m., while the first field event for the men will be the shot put at 10 a.m.


Eagles Win Seventh Straight Sun Conference Cross Country Championship
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11/5/2011 2:50:00 PM

AVE MARIA, Fla. - Just two weeks after placing well behind No. 24 SCAD Savannah at the Southeast Classic, the Embry-Riddle Eagles Men's Cross Country squad pulled off an upset over the Bees in the 2011 Sun Conference Cross Country Championship. The Eagles put all five scoring runners in the top ten, including first-place finisher Evans Kirwa, to claim their seventh consecutive Sun Conference title, and the first postseason crown of the 2011 ERAU athletics' season.

Kirwa, a three-time NAIA National Runner of the Week, won his third straight Sun Conference Runner of the Year honor, finishing the 8K race in 25:39.84, 55 seconds in front of second-place finisher Ignacio Fernandez from SCAD Savannah.

Fernandez was the first of three Bee runners to place two-four, but Zachary Kraus and Alex Frazier went five, six respectively for the Blue and Gold. Kraus ran a 27:05.74 while Frazier's time of 27:11.37 was nine second faster than finisher No. 7 from Webber International.

Josh Guerrero (27:24.39) and Jacob Dordick (27:26.11) were the keys for the Eagles, as their eighth and ninth place finishes pushed ERAU to the team title. Dordick's time was a personal record for the freshman, posted on a course that was running slow for the rest of the competitors.

Patrick Clare (28:22.97), Alec Hernandez (28:51.58), Jason Riggs (29:31.84), Paul Meesala (30:08.39) and Jonathan Brasch (30:32.29) also competed for the Eagles.

"This was an unbelievable and exciting race for us," Coach Mike Rosolino stated. "These guys really stepped up, especially Jacob. For a freshman to come in and hit a personal best on this course on a day like this was phenomenal. I can't say enough about him or this team. The team ran for each other today and put together an exceptional performance, coming back to beat a SCAD team that beat us last meet. A great job by a great group of young men."

The Eagles will prepare for the 2011 NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Wash. on Nov. 19. Their best-ever finish in the event came in 2009 when they placed fifth overall.


ERAU Uses Kirwa's Fourth 2011 Title to Finish Fourth at UCF Black and Gold Challenge
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10/14/2011 9:09:00 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. - Evans Kirwa followed up his third individual race title of the 2011 season last Saturday with his fourth title of the fall on Friday evening at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando. Kirwa was much too fast for the rest of the field, out-pacing the second-place finisher by almost a minute en route to the meet crown, while leading ERAU to a fourth-place showing.

Kirwa, an Eldoret, Kenya native, ran the 8K race in 24:15.10, the third fastest time in Embry-Riddle history. Nearly eclipsing his record-setting 24:06.71 mark at last year's Southeast Classic. Kirwa has earned two NAIA National Runner of the Week honors thus far in 2011, and on Friday, ran his season-best time at the UKNIGHT in Pink event, meant to raise awareness for Breast Cancer research. All of the approximately 300 runners wore pink shoelaces.

Coming in second for the Blue and Gold was senior Alex Frazier (26:16.21), also posting a season-best 8K mark for Head Coach Mike Rosolino.

Zachary Kraus (27:01.18) was third for ERAU, while Patrick Clare (28:16.81) and fresman Dylan Roberts (28:26.25) wrapped up the Eagles' top five.

Newcomers Jason Riggs (28.46.40) and Paul Meesala (28:46.74) finished 43rd and 44th respectively and Jonathan Brasch (29:18.36) and Dalton L'Heureux (29:40.95) were the final Eagle finishers.

Embry-Riddle finished fourth, better than four NCAA I teams, tallying 85 points in the race.

The Sun Conference Championships are set for Nov. 5 in Ave Maria, Fla., but the Eagles will have one final regular season race to prepare when they travel to Rome, Ga. and compete in the Southeast Classic hosted by Berry University.


Kirwa Leads ERAU to Asics Classic Title
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10/8/2011 1:27:00 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Embry-Riddle men's cross country team captured its first team title of the 2011 season, running away with the ERAU Asics Classic on Saturday. Running in extremely soggy conditions on the course on Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus, the Eagles turned in a combined time of 2:21:00.40 and placed seven runners in the top 10 to finish with 17 total points.

For the fourth straight race, Evans Kirwa was the Eagles top runner in the 8K as he claimed his third individual title of the season after crossing the line in 26:14.90. Kirwa, a two-time NAIA National Runner of the Week, finished more than minute ahead of teammate Alex Frazier who was second overall in 27:47.86. Zachary Kraus (28:32.19) and Josh Guerrero (28:55.73) were third and fourth, respectively, and Jacob Dordick (7th, 29:29.72), Patrick Clare (9th, 29:55.80) and Jason Riggs (10th, 30:07.47) rounded out the Eagles top seven finishers.

“Overall I was pretty pleased with how the meet went,” ERAU head coach Mike Rosolino stated. “I like how our athletes responded to the poor conditions. They accepted the challenge of the rain, mud and hills and ran very well. It was great preparation for nationals where we have to deal with all of those elements."


Embry-Riddle Runs to Sixth at Mountain Dew Invitational
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9/24/2011 10:38:00 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 21st-ranked Embry-Riddle Men's Cross Country team took home sixth place at the Mountain Dew Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida, on Saturday morning. The Eagles finished ahead of six NCAA I teams, and totalled 192 points on the day.

Junior Evans Kirwa nearly made it three straight wins to open up the 2011 season, leading the race until the final 400m. The native of Eldoret, Kenya would end up finishing fourth in 24:27.23, the 11th-fastest time in Embry-Riddle history. Kirwa now owns nine of the top-20 times for ERAU.

Alex Frazier recorded his third, second-place finish of the year, racing to a time of 26:33.91, his fastest 8K mark of the season. New Milford, Connecticut's own Zachary Kraus was the third Blue and Gold finisher in 27:01.07 and newcomer Alec Hernandez placed 66th in 27:56.67, the third time in as many races the freshman has placed in ERAU's top five.

Rounding out the Eagle scorers was Patrick Clare (28:15.71), while Jacob Dordick (28:26.48) and Jason Riggs (28:53.01) both finished in the top-90.

"We're continuing to improve, and that's what is important," Eagle Head Coach Mike Rosolino said. "Evans and Alex ran good races for us, and as a team we were much closer to Miami this week than we were last week."

Michigan (42) won the 17-team event, while host Florida (46), North Carolina (47), Florida Track Club (165) and Miami (Fla.) (188), finished out the top five. The Eagles fell just four points shy of besting the Hurricanes, but did manage to coast past NCAA I members Florida International, South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, Stetson and Bethune-Cookman.


Kirwa Wins Second Race of 2011, Eagles Finish Third
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9/9/2011 10:16:00 PM

TAMPA, Fla. - The Embry-Riddle Eagles were once again led by junior Evans Kirwa, this time at the USF Invitational where Kirwa won his second consecutive meet, finishing a full 50 seconds in front of the second-place runner. ERAU placed third, finishing behind NCAA I members Florida and Miami.

Kirwa paced the Blue and Gold with a time of 25:04.45, the second place finisher finished in 25:54.01. Kirwa was followed by senior Alex Frazier (26:36.69) in 18th place, freshman Alec Hernandez (26:39.20) in 19th and Joshua Guerrero (26:45.03) in 21st. Zach Kraus (26:55.84) rounded out the ERAU top five, while freshmen Jason Riggs (27:52.56)finished 50th.

Florida and Miami ran one-two in the team finishers, with ERAU coming in third, Tampa fourth and Nova Southeastern fifth.

"We ran extremeley well tonight," Eagle coach Mike Rosolino said. "Our second through fifth runners were really close together, if we can close the gap between our first and second runners as well as our fifth and sixth runners we can have an exceptional season."

Embry-Riddle returns to the course in two week on Sept. 24, 2011 at the Mountain Dew Invite in Gainesville, Fla.


Kirwa Leads Embry-Riddle at UT Early Bird Classic
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9/2/2011 9:42:00 PM

DOVER, Fla. - Junior All-American Evans Kirwa began the 2011 season strong, winning the UT Early Bird Classic in 19:25, 12 second ahead of the second-place runner. The Eagles as a team placed second overall, finishing just behind a semi-professional running team by 11 points, but placing first amongst the collegiate teams at the race.

Kirwa's first-place finish paved the way for fellow Eagles Alex Frazier and Josh Guerrero to finish 12th and 13th respectively. Frazier finished the 4-mile race in 20:33, while junior Guerrero came in at 20:35. Freshman Alec Hernandez (20:44) finished 16th overall, and ERAU's Zachary Kraus placed 19th in 20:51. All five of the Eagles' scorers finished in the top 20 runners. Jason Riggs (21:30) and Bruce Federico (22:01) also competed for the Blue and Gold.

Embry-Riddle's total time of 1:42.08 was less than a second slower than the meet winner, Running Center's time of 1:41.38, just 1:26 separated Kirwa from Kraus.

Florida Tech, Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern finished third, fourth and fifth in the 13 team, 140-runner event. The only other NAIA school was 11th-place Webber International.