March 25 2005
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
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.
November 6, 2004
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.
October 23, 2004
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.
September 11, 2004
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
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.
September 4, 2004
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.
May 13 2004
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
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.
November 8 2003
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.
October 18 2003
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.
October 11, 2003
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
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
September 20 2003
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
West Florida's next meet is at the Walt Disney World Cross Country
Classic in Orlando, Florida on October 11th.
September 12 2003
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.
September 6 2003
mens and womens cross country teams of The University
of West Florida hosted their annual UWF Invitational this morning,
and both came out on top. The mens 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 Alabamas Samson Kipchrchir won the individual title
in the mens four-mile contest with a time of 20:22.99. UWFs
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 womens 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.