Geckler, Kelbert, Pierce garner All-Conference Carolinas honors, Men’s Cross Country finishes fourth at championship meet

RESULTS
 
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Freshmen Max GecklerIan Kelbert, and Brennen Pierce all garnered All-Conference Carolinas honors, including a first team selection for Geckler who finished sixth in the 115-runner field, to lead the Lees-McRae men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships this morning in Mount Olive, North Carolina.

THE BASICS
RESULTS: 4th of 12 teams
MEET: Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships
LOCATION: University of Mount Olive – Mount Olive, North Carolina
 
NOTABLES:

  • Geckler traversed the 8K course in 25:49.2, which earned him a spot on the All-Conference Carolinas First Team for his sixth-place finish.
  • Kelbert was the next Bobcat to cross the finish line, finishing eighth with a time of 26:00.9 to garner All-Conference Carolinas Second Team honors.
  • Pierce closed out the all-conference selections for the men's team by finishing 19th with a time of 26:33.7.
  • Silas Arendash was 38th with a time of 27:31.5, while Elias Zajicek was 47th with a time of 27:58.3.
  • Garrett Ybarra and Rien Freeman were the next two Bobcats to cross the finish line, finishing 59th (28:28.4) and 60th (28:30.4) respectively.

 
FOR THE FOES:

  • Emmanuel won the Conference Carolinas title with 39 points, while UNC Pembroke finished second (55) and Mount Olive finished third (67).
  • Joshua Chepkesir (UNC Pembroke) won the 8K with a time of 24:13.2, with Cas Kopmels (Mount Olive) finishing second with a time of 24:32.8.
  • For more information on the championship meet, click HERE.

 
NOTEWORTHY:

  • By virtue of Lees-McRae finishing fourth and King finishing ninth overall, Lees-McRae has earned half of a point in the season-long "Battle for the Blue Ridge Cup" competition against the Tornado. The other half of the point is earned by whoever has a higher finish in the regional standings.

 
UP NEXT:
The Bobcats will now have two weeks off before competing in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 6.
 
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Betzer garners All-Conference Carolinas honors, Women’s Cross Country races at championship meet

RESULTS
 
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Deanna Betzer garnered All-Conference Carolinas honors for the second consecutive season by finishing 13th in the 100-runner field to earn second team all-conference honors to lead the Lees-McRae women's cross country team to a ninth-place finish at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships this morning.
 
THE BASICS
RESULTS: 9th of 10
MEET: Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships
LOCATION: University of Mount Olive – Mount Olive, North Carolina
 
NOTABLES:

  • Betzer traversed the 6K course in 13th with a time of 24:24.3, only 40 seconds off earning first team honors.
  • Ashleigh Vilga and Paiden Dula were the next two Bobcats to cross the finish line, finishing 72nd (28:42.4) and 73rd (29:03.2) respectively.
  • McKenzie Lawrence was the fourth Lees-McRae runner to finish, crossing 77th with a time of 29:56.3.
  • Megan Deal and Savannah Wenk closed out the scoring for the Bobcats by finishing 85th (31:49.5) and 96th (38:38.3) respectively.

 
FOR THE FOES:

  • King won the Conference Carolinas title with 60 points, while UNC Pembroke finished second (82) and Converse finishing third (82).
  • Jackline Kosgel (UNC Pembroke) won the 6K with a time of 22:45.7, with Laila Abouzaid (Mount Olive) crossing second with a time of 23:00.3.
  • For more information on the championship meet, click HERE.

 
NOTEWORTHY:

  • By virtue of King finishing first and Lees-McRae finishing ninth overall, King has earned a half of a point in the season-long "Battle for the Blue Ridge Cup" competition against the Bobcats. The other half of the point is earned by whoever has a higher finish in the regional standings.

 
UP NEXT:
Deanna Betzer will be Lees-McRae's representative at the NCAA Division II Women's Southeast Region Championships on Saturday, Nov. 6 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
 
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Barrineau scores second-half goal to lead Women’s Soccer to a tie against Barton, 1-1

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Taylor Barrineau notched her fourth goal of the season off of a penalty kick in the second half, while Mallory Roughton finished with four saves, to lift the Lees-McRae women's soccer team to their second tie of the week with a 1-1 draw against Barton in the Conference Carolinas contest this afternoon.  
 
THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Lees-McRae – 1; Barton – 1 (2OT)
LOCATION: Tate Field – Banner Elk, North Carolina
RECORDS: Lees-McRae (9-3-2/6-2-2), Barton (6-5-3/4-3-3)
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Lees-McRae had a couple of prime scoring opportunities in the first 12 minutes, off a pair of shots by Barrineau and Priscilla Mawi, to grab the momentum early.
  • Barton finally broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute by scoring off an own goal by the Bobcats.
  • Haley Lowman and Sierra Shuey had scoring chances late in the first half, but a pair of saves by the Barton goalkeeper held the score at 1-1 at halftime.
  • Lees-McRae even the score in the 55th minute as Barrineau battled the Bulldog defender into forcing a foul that led to a penalty kick.
  • Barrineau stepped up and buried her fourth goal of the season into the bottom right corner.
  • A final save by the Barton goalkeeper on a shot by Averee Andrews in the 89th minute sent the game into overtime.
  • Lees-McRae held a 6-2 shots advantage in the extra sessions but failed to break through as the game ended with a 1-1 tie.
  • The Bobcats maintained a 22-8 edge in shots and finished with all 11 corner kicks in the contest.

 
FOR THE FOES:

  • Kristin Davis finished with 11 saves in net for the Bulldogs.

 
UP NEXT:
The Bobcats will visit "Battle for the Blue Ridge Cup" rival King on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
 
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Men’s Soccer stumbles against Barton, 2-1

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Harrison Watts scored his fourth goal of the season, off assists by Johannes Oeksnevad and Erick Uvalle, but it was not enough as Barton tallied the game-winning goal in the 84th minute to clinch the 2-1 victory over the host Bobcats in the Conference Carolinas contest this afternoon.
 
THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Barton – 2; Lees-McRae – 1    
LOCATION: Tate Field – Banner Elk, North Carolina
RECORDS: Barton (8-4-0/7-2-0), Lees-McRae (7-5-2/5-3-1)
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Lees-McRae grabbed momentum early in the contest, by tallying four shots in the first 17 minutes of action, but it was Barton who broke the deadlock with a goal in the 17th minute.
  • The Bobcats had one of their best scoring chances in the 38th minute as Watts' shot was saved to keep the score at 1-0 at halftime.
  • The Bulldogs nearly doubled their score in the opening minutes of the second half, with five shots in a five-minute span, but failed to push across their second goal.
  • Lees-McRae finally evened the score in the 84th minute as Watts collected a pass from Oeksnevad off an initial cross by Uvalle and buried his fourth goal of the season into the top left corner.
  • The score remained tied for only 37 seconds as the Bulldogs scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 84th minute.
  • Gray Smith had one final chance to even the score with three second remaining, but the header just missed left to preserve the Barton victory.
  • Joshua Garvilla finished with seven saves in net for the Bobcats.
  • Lees-McRae held a slim 17-15 edge in shots, while Barton finished with a 10-5 advantage in shots-on-goal.

 
FOR THE FOES:

  • Luis Hernandez Velasco scored both goals for the Bulldogs, off assists by Immanuel Akpeme and Gabriel Slemer Lopes.
  • Jacob Randolph finished with four saves in net for Barton.

 
UP NEXT:
The Bobcats will visit "Battle for the Blue Ridge Cup" rival King on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
 
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