TOLEDO, Ohio - The Charlotte men's cross country team finished fifth at the 2nd Annual Toledo Bubble Buster Inter-Regional, Friday afternoon at Ottawa Park Golf Course.
The Bubble Buster featured several national-ranked teams and presented Charlotte with its biggest test of the season so far.
"Being a part of a meet like this will open our team's eyes and prepare us as we aim to be a contender in meets like this is the future," explained head coach Ed Schlichter.
Charlotte finished with a team score of 139 in the four-mile run. Syracuse, who is ranked 13th in the Men's Cross Country National Coaches' Poll won the event with a team score of 20. Eastern Michigan was second (50), San Francisco finished third (68), host Toledo came in fourth (136), and Ohio University was sixth (140).
Freshman Getisso Dentamo led the 49ers with a 20th place finish, with a time of 20:05.4. This is the second consecutive meet that Dentamo has been in Charlotte's top two.
"This was a break out day for Getisso,"Schlichter said. "I think we're just starting to see what he's capable of doing and today was a great indicator of where we are as a group against national caliber programs. We didn't finish as high as we were aiming, but several positives came from this meet."
Sophomore Zach Greth turned in a time of 20:26.9 for a 27th place finish. Michael Tamayo finished just two spots from Greth, coming in 29th (20:31.6). Ben Sterett followed and finished 30th (20:33.5) as Chris Anderson was 33rd (20:38.1). Nathan Tallada (20:46.7) and Nicholas Rotz (20:46.9) finished in 36th and 37th respectively.
The women finished 14th in the 4K. The women's race was twice the size as the men's race, totaling a field of 172 runners. The Niners had a team score of 405. Butler won the event (72), followed by No. 23 San Francisco (86), Columbia (92), No. 18 Toledo (98), No. 22 Syracuse (104), BYU (143), Iowa (147), Portland (194), Ohio University (220), Navy (257), West Virginia (334), Lipscomb (345), and Eastern Michigan (390).
"This was a mini-national meet on the women's side," explained Schlichter.
Freshman Morgan Richards has been a critical factor for the 49ers in her early campaign. She led Charlotte and finished 67th (14:25.1). This is her third meet finishing in the top two for the Niners and second time leading the team.
"Morgan had a great run today and I'm proud to see how fearless she and Maria were today," said Schlichter.
The 49ers return back to action on Friday, Sept. 28 as they host the Charlotte Invitational at McAlpine Park.
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