Wesleyan Takes Second at Inaugural Route 33 Cup

Wesleyan Takes Second at Inaugural Route 33 Cup

BUCKHANNON -  The West Virginia Wesleyan cross country teams placed second in the inaugural 2017 Route 33 Cup Thursday evening in a three-team at the Buckhannon Alliance Church course. 

The race featured the three schools along Route 33 -- West Virginia Wesleyan, Davis & Elkins and Glenville State.

A Route 33 Trophy was awarded to the winner of the co-ed scored event, which went to the Davis & Elkins Senators by the narrowest of margins.

The Senators won the co-ed event with 58 points while Wesleyan tallied 61. Glenville State was a distant third with 155 points.

Wesleyan senior Sydney Pineault raced to victory in the women 's race, covering the hilly 5K layout in 19:42.

Other Lady Bobcats in the top ten included Joanna Johnston (3rd, 20:20), Madison Frame (5th, 20:54), and Zoey Vilasuso (7th, 21:39). 

Wesleyan won the women's side with 29 points while Davis & Elkins had 35.
 
Davis & Elkins sophomore R.J. Weiford won the men's race in 16:24, edging Wesleyan senior Matt Dearth (pictured) who had a time of 16:27.
 
Other Bobcats in the top ten included Collin Wallace (4th, 16:45), Ian Frailey (7th, 17:22), Eric Wooten (9th, 17:35), and Sean Snyder (10th, 17:36).
 
D&E won the men's side with 23 points while Wesleyan had 32.
 
The event will rotate each year, with it moving to Elkins next season.
 
"We raced very hard against a very strong pair of D&E teams," head coach Jesse Skiles said. "Racing this hard on these kind of hills this early is something that will pay dividends down the road. The intensity of the racing and crowd atmosphere was really good for all three teams tonight.I am really proud of the effort we put forth."
 
Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 16, traveling to the Adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S. C.