HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Osman Humeida (South Riding, Va./Freedom HS/Virginia Tech) earned third-team all-conference honors and ran the second-best time in the FGCU 8K at John Hunt Park in Huntsville, Alabama at the ASUN Cross Country Championships. The men’s team placed 10thThursday overall, while the women’s team placed 12thThursday.
“We’ve had an amazing season so far. Even though the overall result wasn’t what we’re capable of, the team fought hard and controlled what they could,” said the head coach Cassandra Goodson. “We are happy that Osman made all-conference and continues to make us proud. We also want to acknowledge Bus, who is riding consistently at his new level. We look forward to another opportunity at the regional championships.”
Humeida led the Eagles pack in 18thThursday overall and finishing the course in 24:12.5. The Virginia native ran 17 seconds faster today than he did at last year’s ASUN Championships, where he clocked 24:31.4.
Bus Baker (Richmond, Va. Appomattox Regional Governor’s School Radford/Louisville) was the second FGCU runner to cross the finish line when he placed 40thThursday with a time of 24:51.9. This marked the Eagles’ fifth-fastest 8K time overall.
Bramwell Havi (St.Louis/Mo./Lindenwood) he crossed the line next for the green and blue in a new personal best of 25.21.70 to finish 53rd.rd place.
Franklin Caceres (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida S. Baker HS) closely followed for 25.42.90 with 61Holy shaving nearly 24 seconds off his previous time of 26:06.6, which he ran at the FSU Invitational.
Austin Redondo (Miami, Florida, Coral Reef HS) was 79th in 26:19.40 and Israel Games (Ruskin, FL/Lennard HS) finished 83rd at 26:26.50 s Mathew Speruta (Cape Coral, Florida /Ida S. Baker HS) was two spots behind in 85th place (26:25.50). Abel Ramos (Riverside, CA/Riverside CC) he stopped the time at 26:47.60 for 88th place
Eastern Kentucky captured its first ASUN Conference Men’s Cross Country Championship with 18 points, Col. Ahmed Jaziri won the individual title in 23:22.40 and six teammates finished in the top 10.
The Eagles will return to action on Friday, Nov. 11 at the NCAA South Regionals hosted by North Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama.
First team all-conference
1. Ahmed Jaziri, Eastern Kentucky (23:22:40) – Runner of the year
2. Nikodem Dworczak, Eastern Kentucky (23:24.80)
3. Nicholas Kiprotich, Liberty (23:30:80)
4. Abdelhakim Abouzouhir, Eastern Kentucky (23:35.40)
5. Jackson Siddall, Eastern Kentucky (23:37:30)
6. Keeton Thornsberry, Eastern Kentucky (23:41.80)
7. Julian Haessner, Central Arkansas (23:45.70)
Second team all-conference
8. Aidan O’Gorman, North Florida (23:47.70)
9. Joan Tapias, Eastern Kentucky (23:48:30)
10. Enock Kipchumba, Eastern Kentucky (23:52.20)
11. Nicodemus Rotich, Eastern Kentucky (23:52.90)
12. Brady Johnson, Lipscomb (23:55.60)
13. Jack Cottrell, Liberty (24:02.10)
14. Kyle Harkabus, Liberty (24:06:80)
Third Team All-Conference
15. Mitch Cox, Queens (24:08.90)
16. Evan Allen, North Alabama (24:10:00)
17. Philipp Haessner, Central Arkansas (24:11:30)
18. Osman HumeidaFGCU (24:12:50)
19. Ahmed Kadri, Eastern Kentucky (24:13:40)
20. Nick Regas, Lipscomb (24:13.60)
21. Caleb Olson, Liberty (24:14.90)
Jacob Hess, Liberty (24:39.10) – Rookie of the Year
Levi Streeval, Lipscomb (24:37:20)
Brady Yingst, Lipscomb (24:39.90)
Landon Dinkel, Liberty (24:53:20)
James Schmidt, Lipscomb (25:04:00)
Coach of the year
Cory Erdmann, Eastern Kentucky
1. Eastern Kentucky – 18
2. Freedom – 73
3. Lip comb – 102
4. North Florida – 126
5. Bellarmine – 152
6. Central Arkansas – 174
7. North Alabama – 210
8. Queens – 212
9. Kennesaw State – 229
10. FGCU – 231
11. Stetson – 281
12. Jacksonville State – 365
13. Jacksonville – 393
14. Austin Peay – 432
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FGCU is led by Cassandra Goodson, whose 15 seasons at the helm have taken the Eagles from their humble beginnings to a competitive DI program, highlighted by eight trips to the NCAA South Regional Championship. Every mark in FGCU’s all-time record book was etched during Goodson’s era, as she coached 21 ASUN All-Conference selections, the 2013 Female Runner of the Year and three NCAA South All-Region Team members.
FGCU Athletics is sponsoring events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics charities. For more information, including how to donate, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to raise awareness.
FGCU teams have combined to win a whopping 92 regular season and tournament conference titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 45 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned top-25 national rankings in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s of football (2018) as the four most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue finished a department-best sixth in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and ranked in the top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN top-seven team and Florida State earn the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester, outperforming the university’s general undergraduate population for 26 consecutive semesters. Another milestone was reached in the last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being honored as one of two finalists for NACDA’s inaugural Fiesta Bowl Community Service Award.