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UWF Women Harriers Race to 16th Place in the Disney World Cross Country Classic
Argos finish third best of the Division II schools in the 48 team event.

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October 11, 2008

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Argos women's Cross Country team finished 16th out of 48 teams in the Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic, Saturday at the Wide World of Sports Complex. West Florida tallied a score of 510 to finish just behind Regional rival Nova Southeastern (494), while outscoring regional opponents, Florida Tech (576), Florida Southern (616), and Valdosta State (738). Senior Shannon McDougall led the Argos with a 79th place finish in 19:40 for the 5k run.

Freshman Bailee Hedstrom finished in 85th place with a time of 19:55, followed closely by Freshman Kelbe Beck in 87th place with a 20:03 time. Dana Mecke of Texas-San Antonio was the overall winner in a time of 17:18, as 353 runners finished the race, representing 48 schools, with 44 schools scoring in the event. Freshman Amber Barbaresi ran the race in a time of 20:51, finishing in 126th place, while Sophomore Erika Anderson was just behind in 133rd place with a time of 20:59 to round out the scoring five for UWF.

Alabama Birmingham was the team champion, followed by Windsor College (Ontario, Canada), while Tampa (ranked 8th in Division II) was the top finishing Division II school with a fourth place overall finish. Meanwhile, NAIA powerhouse Embry-Riddle finished 10th overall in the field full of top cross country teams.

Head Coach John Bergen thought it was a great race to see how UWF stacks up against opponents. "This was a race to compare vs. other runners not vs. your best time. With over 350 runners and lots of turns early in the race, it's not a course that provided our best times, however, we finished ahead of many of our regional opponents, and individually our top three runners finished ahead of some key individuals on other teams," explained Bergen.

Five other UWF Freshmen also completed the race. Stacy Paton finished 142nd, with a time of 21:16, while Taryn Pomerantz was just behind in 21:51, which was good enough for 162nd place. Robin Thompson finished 207th with a time of 22:22, with Meagan Ritacco just behind in 216th place with a time of 22:29. Stacey Karczewski finished 255th place, which put her ahead of 98 other runners, in a time of 23:29. The five freshman, not counting the top five Argos, outscored five of the 44 scoring teams themselves.

The large race is one of the largest fields in all of cross country, and the event was the final regular season race for UWF, who will travel to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in the Gulf South Conference Championships on October 24th to begin post-season competition.


Argo Women Capture Gulf Coast Stampede Title
UWF took five of the top 10 collegiate places to win the meet with 25 points.

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September 20, 2008

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The West Florida Women's Cross Country team raced to a convincing victory in the 2008 Gulf Coast Stampede at the Escambia County Equestrian Center on Saturday. Shannon McDougall lead the Argos with a second place finish in 19:43. Teammates Bailee Hedstrom, Kelbe Beck, Erika Anderson, and Taryn Pomerantz rounded out the scoring five with finishes in the top 10 for the collegiate runners.

While McDougall was second overall, she was the top collegiate runner and is credited with first place in the collegiate scoring. The overall winner was Mindy Thomas, running unattached, in a time of 18:02. Thomas is a former standout runner from the University of Tennessee, and she took home the first place individual trophy; however her place is thrown out for the collegiate team scoring. Thus the Argos top five placed first, second, fifth, eighth, and ninth, to score a winning total of 25 points. Mississippi College placed second with 51 points, followed by Xavier (La.) 79, Mobile 94, and Chipola College with 139.

Head Coach John Bergen was pleased with the team performance. "We ran well today, and at least four of the ladies set personal bests today. The hard work is starting to pay off, and I liked that we had a couple packs of runners, and that helps push each other to better finishes. Erika (Anderson), Taryn (Pomerantz), Amber (Barbaresi), and Stacy (Paton) ran together for much of the race, and that pulled them all up a bit. Three of them finished together from 10th to 12th place, which gave us six of the top 12 places," stated Bergen.

Bailee Hedstrom finished third overall with a time of 20:07, while Kelbe Beck was sixth in a time of 20:20. Anderson, Pomerantz, and Barbaresi finished 10th, 11th, and 12th in times of 21:00, 21:01, and 21:14. Stacy Paton was just behind in 14th place with a time of 21:17. Katherine Ragia finished 18th overall with a time of 21:51, while Robin Thompson ran to a 20th place finish in 22:04. Meagan Ritacco took 22nd place in a time of 22:55, and Stacey Karczewski captured the 28th spot in 24:21. Forty-two runners competed in the 5k run, including the Argos' Women's Basketball Coach Shannan Bergen. Bergen, running unattached finished ninth overall in a time of 20:50.

The West Florida Women's Cross Country team will compete next at the Tiger Invitational at Auburn University on October 4th. The Argos' will be tuning up for the GSC championships later in October.


UWF Women's Cross Country finishes 4th at the Azalea City Classic
The Argos out-raced five teams in the nine team event with a team score of 100.

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September 13, 2008

MOBILE, Ala. - The UWF women, lead by three Freshman, a sophomore and a senior, posted a solid performance at the University of South Alabama event Saturday morning. Bailee Hedstrom finished 13th overall with a 20:46 for the 5k run in her first race as an Argonaut. Kelbe Beck was just behind with a personal best 20:53, which was good enough for 16th place. Stacy Paton rounded out the three freshman leaders with a 22nd place finish in 21:45, which was just behind Sophomore Erika Anderson at 20th place in 21:33.

Head Coach John Bergen was pleased with the performance, "We had solid races today, despite the slow times. It was a slow course with lots of turns and the heat slowed many runners down. Our top four runners all improved their race position from midway to the finish, showing that our stamina is there," explained Bergen. "Stacy (Paton) picked up 10 places, and Erika (Anderson) moved up seven places in the latter half of the race."

Senior Katherine Ragia turned in a solid 29th place finish in 22:38, while Stacey Karczewski finished 35th in 23:43. The winning time of 18:57, showed how tough the course was to reel in a great time. Tinette Burger of McNeese State was the overall winner, and her team had the top score of 45. Southeastern Louisiana was second with 59 points, while South Alabama was third with 80. West Florida tallied 100 points, to finish ahead of Troy University, Spring Hill College, Loyola University, and the University of Mobile.

The Argos host the Gulf Coast Stampede at the Escambia County Equestrian center on Saturday, September 20th. The women will be racing in an 5k (3.1 mile) event beginning at 7:30 AM. The Collegiate Men's race will follow at 8:00. High School and Middle School races will follow, as there will be racing all morning.


UWF Women's Cross Country ranked 7th in the South Region to start the 2008 season
Several Freshman will be counted on to carry the load to uphold the Argos pre-season ranking.

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September 4, 2008

PENSACOLA, Fla. - With the 2008 Women's Cross Country season about to get under way, the Argos earned a top ten ranking in the South Region. With only two runners returning from the very strong 2007 team, the Argos will rely on several Freshman to maintain a high regional ranking. Only Senior Katherine Ragia (Daytona Beach) and Sophomore Erika Anderson (Sicily, Italy) have cross county experience as an Argonaut. Both are expected to be among the top seven for this season. The Argos have only one other upperclassman, and that is transfer Shannon McDougall (Eastern Illinois University). Therefore, at least four Freshman will be among the top seven for the Argos this season.

First year Head Coach John Bergen is excited to see what the women can do, as the opening race in Orlando approaches. "Our upperclassman can be solid leaders, and our Freshman have some potential, so I am ready to see how we will stack up. Shannon (McDougall) looks ready to compete very well, and Freshman Bailee Hedstrom (Ponte Verde Beach) and Amber Barbaresi (Fort Walton Beach) have the skills to compete right away," explained Bergen.

The 2008 team has nine Freshman, and three upperclassmen, and lost several top runners via graduation and transferring. However, Bergen feels the team can still compete very well. "Before he left, Coach Dobson had signed four solid incoming freshmen in Hedstrom, Barbaresi, Stacy Paton (Stuart, Fla.), and Taryn Pomerantz (Holland, Pennsylvania), and so we should be fine, depending on how quickly they step up the pace. Bailee, Amber, and Stacy have good speed, and Taryn is a strong runner, who has had to adapt to the heat in the pre-season, and she now looks ready to perform," stated Bergen.

The West Florida women finished third in the conference last year, and sixth in the regional meet. Harding and Alabama Huntsville were the top two teams in the GSC last year, and both are in the top three in the regional pre-season poll. West Florida opens this season in a meet against at least two division I opponents, and regional foe Rollins College; therefore, the Argos will find out how they stack up.

"We will need Katherine and Erika to be very healthy this year, to go along with Shannon and the freshman. If that happens, we can be competitive," explains Bergen. Ragia and Anderson battled injuries last year, and both are coming off injuries for the summer. "Even without the best training, I know we can get some solid performances from Katherine and Erika, and the Freshmen look ready to compete, so I am looking forward to finding out what we can do this year," stated Bergen.

In addition, Meagan Ritacco (Waldorf, Maryland), Robin Thompson (Panama City Beach), and Kelbe Beck (Tallahassee), were late summer additions, and could also contend for a top seven spot on the roster. Freshman Marissa Campbell (Pensacola), and Stacey Karczewski (Niceville) round out the squad for the Argos. "Our walk-ons have been showing some potential, especially Kelbe (Beck), and everyone has been working hard during the pre-season, with only minor injuries to Katherine (Ragia) and Marissa (Campbell). Overall I have seen some solid workouts from the women so far," stated Bergen.

The Argos will test themselves this Friday in Orlando against competition from Central Florida, South Florida, and Rollins College. The race begins at 4:30 pm Eastern Time on the Central Florida campus. The Argos held a time trial this past Wednesday at 4:30 pm at the Escambia County Equestrian center to prepare for racing in the heat. The Argos will be running at home on September 20th at the Equestrian center in the Gulf Coast Stampede.