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    SFA Strong In Lumberjack Opener
    Katrina Nicholas teamed with Amy Shackelford to finish second in the women's race at Friday's Lumberjack Opener
    Katrina Nicholas teamed with Amy Shackelford to finish second in the women's race at Friday's Lumberjack Opener

    Sept. 7, 2007

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin runners filled up the top four slots in the women's race and took four of the top five positions in the men's race Friday evening at the Lumberjack Opener cross country meet. The meet featured two relay-style races between Southland Conference foes SFA and Northwestern State.

    A former Ladyjack teamed with a current harrier to win the women's race as Ashley Monteau and Chelsea Bradford combined for a time of 30:19.30 on the 8,000-meter course. In the relay format for the women's race, each runner made two circuits on the 2,000-meter loop, alternating turns. Monteau and Bradford ran unattached.

    Senior Katrina Nicholas and redshirt freshman Amy Shackelford finished nearly a minute off the lead pace with a time of 31:01.20. True freshmen Marie Flores and Meredith Blocker made a strong showing in their collegiate debut as they ran unattached and turned in a third-place time of 31:07.70. Sophomore Heather Adams and redshirt freshman Megan Jenkins were fourth with a time of 31:07.90. Sophomore Breeka Johnson and senior Kirsten Wieseman took seventh in the race with a time of 34:04.30.

    In the men's race, Northwestern State's Chris Pearson and Dusty Dischler led the way with a time of 39:48.50 on the 12,000-meter course. Lumberjacks filled the next four slots, though.

    Junior Gerardo Moreno and Aaron Hohn paced the group with a time of 40:12.40. True freshmen Logan Smart and Dennis Yeats ran unattached and finished third with a time of 40:17.70. They were chased by unattached classmates Miles O'Neill and Sam Hulse, who clocked in at 40:51.10. Redshirt freshman Elliot Starcevich and sophomore Shawn Yarter rounded out the SFA pack with a fifth-place time of 41:19.70.

    The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks will not race again until Sept. 28, when they head to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Splash. The meet will provide a preview of the site for this year's Southland Conference Championships.

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