Flames finish 7th in Royal Challenge
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mike Walker and Said Ahmed paced the Flames cross country team to a seventh place finish out of 21 teams at the 2012 Royal Cross Country Challenge. Queens University of Charlotte hosted the 8K race at McAlpine Creek Park.

Walker recorded his fastest time of the season (25:51.5) for 37th place in a field of 189 runners. Ahmed was right behind in 38thm with a personal season’s-best time of 25:52.6.

Victor Rotich and Camden Perez each improved their times by around one minute. Rotich crossed the finish line in 26:31.4 (55th) and Perez recorded a time of 27:37.0 for 91st.

Austin Stansky finished 103rd (27:48.9) and John Trollinger was 116th (28:26.3). Terris Elliott’s time of 28:34.4 put him at 118th, while Justin Knuth stopped the clock at 29:55.9 (140th).

David Ricksecker of Liberty University posted a winning time of 24:07.6 and Liberty University placed runners in the top four spots and cruised to the team win. Western Carolina University was second and Spartanburg Methodist College was third.

In the women’s 5K race, all seven of the Lady Flames recorded personal bests for the season to help the team finish 12th out of 25 teams.

Jessica Childers knocked nearly a minute off her previous best to pace the Lady Flames and placed 54th with a time of 18:58.3.

Cayce Bryan lowered her season-best time to 19:06.0 to finish 61st. The sophomore improved upon the 20:15.59 time she recorded at the Louisville Classic two weeks ago.

Alexis Hewitt’s time of 20:18.8 was good for 109th. Rachel Waltz (20:35.7) was 120th and Storyie Miller (20:39.9) was 121st.

Emily Arnesen crossed the finish line in 21:36.2 (138th) and Emily Carden had a time of 22:07.3 (160th).

Duke University scored the team win. Davidson University was second and Florida State University rounded out the top three. SSAC foe Brenau University finished three spots behind Lee at 15th.

Two unattached runners claimed the top spots in the individual race with times of 17:16.7 and 17:23.6. Carly Thomas of Florida State was the top finisher representing a school with a third-place time of 17:38.1.

The two squads will see their next action when they head to Berea, Ky., and the Southeastern Classic on October 20 for a final tuneup before the SSAC Championships.