By Edythe Bradley
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced the 2010 men and women’s top returning cross country runners, and two Albany State University Golden Rams are among the best. The SIAC also announced the predicted order of finish for the men and women’s teams.
Diamond Jones of the ASU men’s cross country team and Ambrosha Austin of the women’s team were named to the list of best performers. Austin is the fifth top performer in the women’s 5K run with a time of 23:02.03, while Jones lands the seventh spot as top performer with a time of 30:17.81 in the men’s 8K run.
The top returning men’s runner is Charles Chirchir of Benedict College. Other top returning runners include Karlton Mitchell, Michael Vinson and Dreyfus Clemons of Morehouse College, and James Holly and Vermond Walker of Tuskegee University.
The women’s top returning runner is Tonya Payne of Fort Valley State University. Others named to the team are Breanna Pleasant and Janes Douglas of Clark Atlanta University, Kristina Record and Tonisha Delorch of Kentucky State University, and Terresa Smith of Tuskegee.
The Morehouse men and Clark Atlanta women’s teams are predicted to repeat as SIAC champions in 2010. Picked to finish second and third in the men’s race are Benedict and Clark Atlanta, respectively. In the women’s race, Kentucky State and Benedict are picked to finish second and third, respectively. Albany State men were predicted to finish in fifth place, while the women were picked to finish sixth.