by Jason Pompey
The women’s cross-country team at VSU won the Panther Invite on Friday, Oct. 14th in Richmond, VA with an overall team score of 16 points. Four Lady Trojans placed from first to fourth place leading VSU to another win. Senior, Sierra Clayton won the invite with a time of 17:59.
Clayton won her fourth meet of the 2011 cross-country season with a personal best time of 17:59. Senior, Samantha Edwards followed close behind placing second with a time of 18:00. Junior, Jourdan Johnson placed third with a time of 18:19 and Jenna Arnold placed fourth with a time of 18:37.
The Lady Trojans won the Panther Invite with 16 total team points. Host school Virginia Union finished second with a team score of 39 points, Washington Adventist placed third with 71 team points, and Elizabeth City State finished fourth with 84 team points.
VSU’s Bianca Jacques placed sixth with a time of 19:28, Victoria Brunson finished in seventh place with a time of 19:39, and Aprica Bullcok placed eighth with a time of 19:46.
The Lady Trojans cross-country team will next compete at the 2011 CIAA XC Championships in Cary, NC on Thursday, Oct. 20th.
Trojans Place Second at 2011 Panther Invite
The men’s cross-country team at VSU placed second at the Panther Invite on Friday, Oct. 14th in Richmond, VA with an overall team score of 35 points. VSU’s sophomore, Christopher Henry won the meet with a time of 28:24.
Henry led the pack and won his fourth race of the 2011 season. VSU’s Andres McIntyre placed fifth with a time of 29:39, Quran Robinson placed eighth (30:06), and Justin Pittman rounded out the top-10 finishers placing tenth with a time of 30:46.
VSU’s Eric Thomas placed twelfth overall with a time of 31:13 and Nyler Gaskins placed thirteenth with a time of 31:54.
Hampton won the overall meet with 26 team points and Virginia State placed second with 35 team points. Bowie State placed third with 73 team points and host Virginia Union placed fourth with 76 team points. Elizabeth City State finished in fifth place with 119 points and Washington Adventist placed sixth with 135 team points.
VSU’s cross-country team will next compete at the 2011 CIAA XC Championships in Cary, NC on Thursday, Oct. 20th.
Trojans Downed By Vikings 28-7
VSU’s Alan Anderson caught a 3 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jarred Battle to score the Trojans only points in a 28-7 loss to the Vikings of Elizabeth City State University at Roebuck Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15th. The Vikings offense racked up 271 yards rushing and scored 4 touchdowns in a dominating fashion.
It was homecoming for the Vikings of Elizabeth City State University and after a slow start, the Vikings took over the game by pounding the ball and controlling the line of scrimmage in a 28-7 win over the Trojans.
Junior quarterback, Jarred Battle finished the game completing 15 of 26 pass attempts for a total of 95 yards. Battle completed passes to eight different Trojans.
Senior wide receiver, Timothy Paulk led his team with 3 catches for 30 yards. Sophomore, Dion Futch had 27 receiving yards on 3 receptions, catching Battle’s longest pass of the game for 18 yards. Junior, Alan Anderson scored VSU’s only points of the game in the first quarter.
Anderson scored a 3 yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter.
VSU’s offense had a hard time executing the way the team expected against the Vikings defense. The Trojan offense finished the game only gaining nine first downs and all nine came in the first half.
In the second half, the Trojans went three and out, punting on all six possessions as they failed to pick up any first downs. For the second straight week, VSU was shut out for the final three quarters, not scoring any points after the first quarter.
Elizabeth City State scored four rushing touchdowns on the Trojan defense. ECSU’s running back Deronte McNeil scored three touchdowns, carrying the ball 36 times for 189 yards.
Defensively, junior linebacker Gary Johnson, Jr. led with 9.5 tackles. VSU’s Bryce Willoughby followed with 8.5 total tackles and Darell Young recorded VSU’s only sack of the game and also added 6.5 total tackles.
On Saturday, Oct. 22nd the Trojans will take on the Lions of Lincoln University in Oxford, PA at 1:30 pm. VSU is now 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the CIAA conference with three games remaining in the 2011 season.