FORT MILL, S.C. – Benedict's men and Clark Atlanta's women have won the 2015 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Cross Country Championships, Sunday afternoon on the campus of Winthrop University.
The BC Tigers finished the 8k race with a team score of 35 points and finished with three runners in the top 10. Morehouse, the 2014 SIAC champion, was the runner-up with 41 points ahead of Albany State who came in third with a team score of 97.
Kentucky State was fourth (114), followed by Clark Atlanta (136), Tuskegee (157), Stillman (171), Claflin (216), Paine (223), LeMoyne-Owen (292), Fort Valley State (294), Miles (307), Central State (321), and Lane (341).
The CAU Lady Panthers finished the 5k race with a team score of 51 points to claim the title. Benedict, who won the title last year, was named the runner-up with 66 points and Albany State was third with 72 points.
Claflin (93) was fourth, ahead of Paine (152), Kentucky State (157), Tuskegee (202), Stillman (210), Central State (277), Lemoyne-Owen (277), Miles (293), Lane (294), and Fort Valley State (326).
Dessie Demlew (Benedict) repeated as the Men's Most Valuable Runner and was the top overall finisher with a time of 25:38.02. Novian Middleton (Morehouse) was the runner-up and finished the course in 26:53.23. Ediberto Crisanto (Benedict) rounded out the top three with a time of 26:59.84.
Carrie Byrd of Clark Atlanta was the top overall performer and named the Most Valuable Women's Runner clocking a time of 19:40.63. Jenella John of Benedict finished in second (20:47.92) and Curshonne Johnson of Clark Atlanta was third with a time of 20:58.02.