Westfall, Cunningham Take First at V.A. Challenge Meet

Westfall, Cunningham Take First at V.A. Challenge Meet

CLARKSBURG – West Virginia Wesleyan's Craig Westfall was victorious for the men and Ali Cunningham was the top runner among the women at the V.A. Challenge meet here today in Clarksburg.

Westfall outlasted 22 other performers to take first place with a time of 16:30.1.

Following Westfall were three teammates as Isaiah Robinson was second with a time of 5:20.6, Brody Born was third with a clocking of 5:22.1 and Yuya Aruga was fourth with a time of 5:24.5.

Rounding out the scoring were Zach Abbott in sixth (17:16.0) and Austin Jarrell in seventh (17:27.9)

Wesley Knotts also had a top 10 finish taking eighth with a time of 17:30.8.

Completing the Wesleyan roster was Stone Bellomy in 11th (17:42.1), Sam Hughes in 12th (17:49.1), Adam Romano in 15th (17:57.2) and Mark Camenzuli in 20th (22.41).

Wesleyan won the three-team event with 16 points while Glenville State was second with 49 and Salem International was third with 80.

On the women's side, Cunningham won in convincing fashion as she had a comfortable 30 second lead at the finish line as she clocked a time of 19:59.8.

Earning runner-up honors was Zoey Vilasuso as she took second with a time of 20:29.9.

The other Lady Bobcats scoring were Brooke Phelps in fifth (21:45.8), Kendra Gillenwater in seventh (22:30.1) and Kirsten Campbell in ninth (24.33.6).

The other Lady Bobcat running was Lauren Clower who finished 11th with a time of 24:33.6.

The Lady 'Cats won the team title in the four squad event.

Wesleyan compiled 24 points while Glenville State amassed 39, Salem International finished with 76 and West Virginia State was fourth with 81.

"Both teams ran really well," remarked Wesleyan head coach Jesse Skiles. "The runners looked a lot more comfortable pushing the pace some today."

This was the final tune-up for both squads as they will now prepare for the Mountain East Conference championship in Bridgeport on Saturday, Oct. 22.