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Hicks and Padilla Have Successful Return to Florida State
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March 25 2005

TALLAHASSEE, FLA - Ramad Hicks and Michael Padilla just keep on getting better. The UWF men's track team returned to Florida State this weekend for the FSU Relay's Meet.

Hicks and Padilla dashed to National qualifying times, as they both broke their own school records set at the FSU Snowbird Invitational just weeks ago (March 4-5).

Hicks won the 800 meter race with an impressive time of 1:51.64. The final heat consisted of 19 runners in the Gold (fast) Division. Hicks finished in second at the Snowbird Invitational.

Padilla landed in fourth place in the 1500 meter race of the Gold Division out of 19 runners. He was first at the Snowbird, but his 3:50.71 time this weekend broke his own record set earlier this month.

Other notable finishes include Caleb Carmichael's sixth place finish in the 10000 meter race, with a time of 34:17.90 in the Gold Division. Jordan Theurkauph finished right behind Carmichael in seventh place, with a time of 35:15.47. Sam Ishee finished tenth in the 5000 meter race (Gold), with a time of 15:36.73.

Argonauts Finish Fifth in South Regional; Padilla Headed to National
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November 6, 2004

MEMPHIS, TENN. - The West Florida men's cross country team took a fifth place finish at the NCAA Division II South Regional meet today to end their 2004 campaign. Harding University, Kennesaw State University and Florida Southern College took the first three spots, respectively, and will advance to the national event.

All was not lost for the Argonauts. Sophomore Michael Padilla of Pine Forest High School qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament to be held in Evansville, Ind. next Friday as an individual. He is the first West Florida men's cross country harrier to ever make the cut. Padilla had a 10K time of 31:17 to break the UWF record and place him fifth at the Regional. He was the first individual to place behind Harding competitors.

Sam Ishee was UWF's next finisher at 19th place with a time of 32:35, slating third in the UWF Record Book. Caleb Carmichael came in 26th with a time of 33:03, fifrth in school history. Ramad Hicks was 48th in 34:23; Jamie Duffell came in 57th with a time of 34:45; and Josh Wyatt placed 60th in 34:49.

West Florida Dashes to Runner-Up Finish at GSC Championships
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October 23, 2004

HUNTSVILLE, ALA - The West Florida men's cross country finished the day proudly with a second place finish at the Gulf South Conference Championships at the University of Alabama-Huntsville's Sharon Johnston Park. The Argos also named three runners to the All-GSC First Team.

Nationally 5th ranked Harding won their fifth consecutive GSC Championsips with 18 points. UWF ended with 71 points. The top four runners represented Harding, and Peter Kosgei won the race with a 17:50 time.

Michael Padilla recorded the 4th best 8K time in school history, 25:21, which was good for a 5th place finish. Caleb Carmichael put together another strong showing with a 25:57 time. Carmichael landed in 7th place, and Sam Ishee snuck in at 10 place with a 26:24 time. Padilla, Carmichael, and Ishee were All-GSC First Team finishers.

Ramad Hicks just missed the Second Team by two spots. Hicks finished in 22nd and a 27:26 time. Jamie Duffell clocked in at 27:45 (27th). Josh Wyatt was 32nd with a 27:56 time, and Brian Gowin broke the line at 28:58 (47th).

The Argos will run again on Nov. 6 at the NCAA Division II South Regional Championships in Memphis, TN.

Argos Run Strong at Division I Filled Race
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September 11, 2004

NASHVILLE, TN - West Florida made the long journey north to Nashville, TN for a very competitive 8K race hosted by SEC school Vanderbilt University. The Argonauts were just one of two Division II schools out of the nine team race at the Commodore Cross Country Classic. West Florida remained undefeated by edging Division II school Rhodes College. The Argos finished in third overall with a team average time of 26:59. Louisville won the race with an average time of 25:33, followed by Belmont at 26:21. Rhodes College finished in fourth, followed by Middle Tennessee State, Evansville, Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, and Tennessee Tech.

The Argonauts were paced by Michael Padilla who was seventh overall and top Division II runner at 25:53. Caleb Carmichael had another strong showing with a 26:07 time. His time was good enought for eighth overall and second in the Division II race. Sam Ishee followed and was clocked at 26:40, which was good enough for 13th overall and third in the Divion II group. Jamie Duffell was 40th (27:58), Brian Gowin was 44th (28:15), Josh Wyatt finished in 46th (28:17), Ramad Hicks ended up 61st (28:40), Craig Henry broke the line in 73rd (29:27), and Darius Hicks finished in 83rd (30:26).

West Florida will run in their third race of the season next Saturday at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, FL.

West Florida Men Win Argonaut Invitational; Women Place Second
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September 4, 2004

PENSACOLA, FLA: Sophomore Michael Padilla was the overall race winner, and the rest of his West Florida men's cross country teammates led the Argonauts to a victory of the Argonaut Invitational Saturday morning at the University of West Florida. Earlier in the morning, the women earned a second place finish in the 5K race.

West Florida was claimed the three fastest times en route to the victory. Seven of the nine Argonaut runners finished in the top 10. Padilla won the 8K race with a time of 26:28:43. He was shortly followed by junior Caleb Carmichael with a time of 26:48:66. Senior Sam Ishee completed the top three sweep for West Florida by crossing the line at 27:11:24.

The Argonauts also had another three consecutive finishers in the top 10. Junior Jamie Duffell was fifth with a time of 27:59:27, while senior Ramad Hicks followed in sixth place at 28:07:21. Bryan Gowin finished in seventh at 28:23:76. Josh Wyatt was the seventh top ten finisher in ninth place with a time of 28:37:28. Also finishing for West Florida was Darius Hicks in 17th place at 30:12:51, and sophomore Craig Henry placing 23rd with a time of 30:46:82...

The Argonaut men will compete next Saturday morning in Nashville, Tenn. at the Commodore Classic, while the women will travel to Huntsville, Ala. for the UAH Invitational.

Hicks Earns Provisional Qualifying 800 Meter Time
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May 13 2004

PENSACOLA, FL: University of West Florida men's cross country runner Ramad Hicks recently posted a time below the provisional qualifying time of 1:53.00 in the 800 meter run. Hicks's time of 1:52.26 in the 800 meter run puts him in position to advance to the 42nd Annual Men's Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, CA from May 27-29, 2004. "It looks like he is in, and we will have assurance of this when the heat list comes out next Monday (May 17) for the national
championship," said West Florida Cross Country Head Coach Matt Dobson.

Hicks, a Niceville, FL native who will enter his senior season later this year, will run at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. this Sunday in his final race before nationals. Hicks is looking to become Dobson's first national championship qualifier.

Women's Cross Country Gets 11th in South Region
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November 8 2003

KENNESAW, GA. - The UWF men's cross country team finished their season a strong fifth at the NCAA Division II South Region meet this morning. GSC champion Harding won the South and host Kennesaw State placed second to advance to Nationals.

For the first time in school history, UWF had two harriers on the All-South Region squad in Michael Padilla and Caleb Carmichael. Padilla just missed the opportunity to compete in Nationals by one spot, placing 11th with a 10K time of 32:44. Carmichael finished 14th in 33:05.

Padilla's time was second all-time for UWF, and Carmichael beat his 10K time from last year for third in the UWF Record Book.

Ramad Hicks was UWF's third finisher at 36th with a time of 34:14, Jamie Duffell came in 56th in 35:12, and Danny Bauer rounded out the Argos' top five at 61st with a time of 35:27. Also representing West Florida was Craig Henry, placing 99th with a time of 40:02.

Men's Cross Country Scores Second at Blazer Classic
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October 18 2003

VALDOSTA, GA. - The UWF men's cross country team took a second place finish of five regional teams at the Valdosta State Blazer Classic this morning. Clayton State won the meet, with Valdosta State finishing third, Columbus State in fourth, and Albany State taking fifth place.

Four of five West Florida harriers finished in the top 10. Caleb Carmichael placed second overall to lead the Argos with a time of 25:33.36 in the 8K race, and Michael Padilla finished third in 25:42.25. Danny Bauer came in eighth with a time of 26:36.32, and Ramad Hicks was ninth in 27:00.07. Also for UWF, Craig Henry placed 14th with a time of 27:34.79, Scott Poindexter was 19th in 28:02.38, Eric Connelly came in 25th with a time of 29:27.10, and Adam Russell finished 29th in 30:00.31.

Once again under coach Matt Dobson's leadership, UWF records were broken. Carmichael's time ranks fifth in the UWF Top 10 8K standings, beating his earlier fifth place ranked time of 25:34 at the Florida State Invitational this season. Padilla made his mark in the UWF Record Book at eighth. Seven of UWF's all-time best 8K times have been set during Dobson's tenure since 2001.

Next weekend the Argos look to capture their first Gulf South Conference championship after taking the runner-up spot the last two years. The meet will be held in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday the 25th.

UWF Men's Cross Country Has Good Run at Disney
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October 11, 2003

ORLANDO, FLA. - The West Florida men's cross country team took a fifth place finish at the Disney World Cross Country Classic today out of 28 total teams. The Argos placed first out of fellow NCAA Division II teams. They defeated Gulf South Conference rival Alabama-Huntsville, along with regional opponents Tampa and Florida Southern.

Caleb Carmichael was UWF's top finisher at 24th place with an 8K time of 26:11. Michael Padilla followed at 34th in 26:40, Jamie Duffell came in 45th with a time of 26:51, Danny Bauer placed 56th in 27:08, and Ramad Hicks rounded out the Argos' top five in 60th place with a time of 27:15. Also competing for the Argos were Craig Henry, placing 108th with a time of 28:10, Scott Poindexter in 128th place with a 28:47 run, and Eric Connelly at 173rd in 30:01.

Approximately 260 runners competed in the race. UWF's top five finishers crossed the finish line within 55 seconds of each other.

"We haven't peaked," says head coach Matt Dobson. "We trained through this race and our fastest times will be at the GSC Championships."

The Argos travel to Memphis in search of the 2003 GSC title on October 25th. Next week, they will compete in Valdosta State's Blazer Classic.

Men's Cross Country Gets Fifth Place at Georgia State
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September 20 2003

ATLANTA, GA. - The UWF men's cross country team finished fifth at the Georgia State Invitational today in the Non-Division I competition. Kennesaw State won the meet with 40 points, followed by Emory, West Georgia and Alabama-Huntsville. Independant harrier Jay Stephenson won the meet with a 5K time of 25:10.

Caleb Carmichael was UWF's top finisher with a time of 26:09 in eighth place. He was backed by Michael Padilla at 25th place with a time of 26:56, Danny Bauer in 32nd with a time of 27:21, Jamie Duffell at 47th place with a time of 28:09 next to Ramad Hicks at 48th in 28:09, and Craig Henry finishing 84th in 29:38.

West Florida's next meet is at the Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic in Orlando, Florida on October 11th.

Men's XC Gets Third Place at Florida State
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September 12 2003

TALLAHASSEE, FL - West Florida continued to run strong this evening as the Argos placed in third place overall at the Florida State University Invitational. UWF was the top Division II school, and finished in first place within the college division.

FSU finished in first place, while Georgia State was second. UWF came into this weekend's race in fifth place in the region. The Argonauts defeated North Florida and Florida Southern who were both ranked nationally, and ahead of UWF in the region. West Florida also beat four Divsion I schools including Central Florida, Troy State, Florida A&M, and Bethune-Cookman. They went 4-0 against Division II school including North Florida, Florida Southern, Tampa, and Warner. UWF goes to 11-2 on the season against Division II schools.

The Argos had five runners finish within 01:23 of each other. Caleb Carmichael (9th) was the top Argo runner with a 25:34 time for the 8K. The time marked the fifth fastest in UWF history, and his personal best. The folllowing UWF runners finished with these times:

Sam Ishee - 25:59
Michael Padilla - 26:18
Ramad Hicks - 26:54
Jamie Duffell - 26:57
Dan Bauer - 27:51
Scott Poindexter - 28:25
Craig Henry - 28:27
Eric Connelly - 31:30

UWF will compete next Saturday at the Georgia State Invitational in Atlanta, GA.

West Florida Cross Country Teams Win UWF Invitational
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September 6 2003

The men’s and women’s cross country teams of The University of West Florida hosted their annual UWF Invitational this morning, and both came out on top. The men’s team grabbed first place with 41 points, placing above seven opponents including second-place GSC foe Valdosta State and third-place NCAA Division I South Alabama. The UWF women were first place with 53 points ahead of South Alabama and GSC rival Delta State.

South Alabama’s Samson Kipchrchir won the individual title in the men’s four-mile contest with a time of 20:22.99. UWF’s top finisher was Caleb Carmichael, finishing third overall with a time of 20:33.68. Also for the Argonauts, Michael Padilla was sixth with a time of 20:48, Jamie Duffell placed ninth with a time of 21:30, Ramad Hicks was 11th in 21:50.85, and Scott Poindexter rounded out team scoring at 12th with a time of 22:01. West Florida harriers Craig Henry finished in 18th place with a time of 22:50, and Adam Russell and Danny Bauer also competed, finishing 41st and 43rd respectively.

USA also boasted the women’s individual champion. Lindsey Dewey won the 5K race with a time of 20:16.60. West Florida was led by Jen Pulmano at fifth place with a time of 21:08. Also for UWF, Summer Forester came in eighth in 21:40, Amanda Campbell placed 11th with a time of 21:53.36, Naomi Evangelista was 13th in 22:10, and Elaine Skislak finished at 16th with a time of 22:33. Other Argonauts competing were Laura Ruffner, 17th in 22:39, Kara Chamberlain, 18th in 22:42, Alex Norton, 19th in 22:44, Frency Ramos, 22nd in 23:13, and Emily McHugh, 29th in 23:50.

Next weekend the men run at the Florida State Invitational, while the women will compete in the Southern Miss Invitational.