ROCK HILL, S.C. (October 21, 2016) – Albany State University put together a solid performance at the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship to win the league title. Morehouse College won the 2016 SIAC Men’s Cross Country Championship on Friday morning at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Golden Rams had four runners in the top 10 including Aaliyah Howard who was named the Women's Most Valuable Runner after finishing first with a time of 20:42.87 in the 5k race. Channelle Wong (20:50.55) finished second followed by Raelynn Brown (21:44.33) and Kashia Darville (21:58.22) who were seventh and ninth respectively. The Golden Rams recorded an average time of 21:54.29 and finished with 50 points.
ASU’s Kenneth Taylor was named the 2016 SIAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Benedict placed second with a team score of 61 points. The Tigers were led by Lea Tshikaya (21:26.64) who finished third overall. Pauline Cobb (21:42.46) was sixth and Jenella John rounded out the top 10 with a time of 22:09.91.
Paine seized third place with 96 points and was headed by Precious Booth (21:40.95) who finished in fifth. DeAndrea Anderson took 11th place with a time of 22:13.81.
Clark Atlanta finished fourth with a team score of 103 ahead of Kentucky State (108), Claflin (151), Tuskegee (157), Central State (213), Lane (221), Fort Valley State (236), LeMoyne-Owen (282), and Miles (297).
2016 SIAC Women’s Cross Country All-Conference Honors
1. Aaliyah Howard – Albany State, 20:42.87 (Most Valuable Runner)
2. Channelle Wong – Albany State, 20:50.55
3. Lea Tshikaya – Benedict, 21:26.64
4. Tamera Julkes – Clark Atlanta, 21:32.64
5. Precious Booths – Paine, 21:40.95
6. Pauline Cobb – Benedict, 21:42.46
7. Raelyn Brown – Albany State, 21:44.33
8. Cidni Latimar – Central State, 21:50.62
9. Kashia Darville – Albany State, 21:58.22
10. Janella John – Benedict, 22:09.91
2016 SIAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, Kenneth Taylor
The Maroon Tigers claimed their 21st championship in 23 years and finished with a team score of 30 points. All seven of Morehouse’s runners finished in the top 20, including four student-athletes who placed in the top 10. Coach Willie H. Hill of Morehouse was named the 2016 SIAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Junior Trey Simons of Morehouse led the field of 73 by finishing first with a time of 25:32.13 in the 8k race and was named the Men's Most Valuable Runner. Simons was joined by teammates Kiplimo Collins (27:40.14), Jared Allen (28:05.24) and Christian Dixon (28:34.61) who finished fourth, sixth, and 10th respectively. Morehouse recorded an average time of 27:45.69.
Albany State finished second by securing three spots in the top 10. The Golden Rams recorded a team score of 43 and were led by Robert Grooms (28:28.41), Kamil Jones (28:30.30), and Kaleed Barrett (28:30.90).
Benedict, the 2015 SIAC Men’s Cross Country Champions placed third at this year’s meet with 50 points. Dessie Demlew finished second overall with a time of 26:13.99 ahead of teammate Haregot Gebreyesus (27:19.72) who placed third.
Tuskegee was fourth (131), followed by Clark Atlanta (142), Kentucky State (169), Claflin (172), Lane (230), Paine (246), and Fort Valley State (257).
2016 SIAC Men’s Cross Country All-Conference Honors
Trey Simons – Morehouse, 25:32.13 (Most Valuable Runner)
Dessie Demlew – Benedict, 26:13.99
Haregot Gabreyesus – Benedict, 27:19.72
Kiplimo Collins – Morehouse, 27:40.14
Emmaunel Birgens – Central State, 27:41.00
Jared Allen – Morehouse, 28:05.24
Robert Grooms – Albany State, 28:28.41
Jamil Jones – Albany State, 28:30.30
Khaleed Barrett – Albany State, 28:30.90
Christian Dixon – Morehouse, 28:34.61
2016 SIAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, Willie H. Hill
The 2016 NCAA Division II Women's and Men’s Cross Country South Regional Championships are set for Nov. 5 in Tampa, Fla.