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Rhoderick finishes fourth at nationals

November 18, 2000

Rhoderick finishes fourth at nationals



LEVELLAND, Texas - Neither cold nor snow could stop Hagerstown Community College freshman Angie Rhoderick from becoming an All-American on Saturday.

Rhoderick, a Boonsboro graduate, survived an early fall in treacherous conditions and came back for a fourth place finish in 19 minutes, 43 seconds in the NJCAA Division II women's cross country championships at South Plains College.

"I didn't know what to expect, I didn't know the girls I was running against," Rhoderick said. "I anted to get All-American ... I could have run a faster time, but the weather conditions were really bad. I'm happy."

Rhoderick was the first freshman to cross the finish line and the first HCC woman to earn All-American status in cross country since Angie Fuss in 1997.

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"She handled this really well, I couldn't have been more pleased with her," HCC coach Mike Spinnler said. "She was the top freshman, so when she goes back next year, she'll be the favorite."

The HCC men's team finished 11th in Division I, scoring 260 points.

Alex McAbee finished 29th in 27:40 and was followed by Chris Pereschuk (36th, 28:16), Ike Cartledge (63rd, 29:32), Brad Mentzer (67th, 29:43), Anthony Robinson (70th, 29:52) and Johnavin McKinley (71st, 29:58).

* WOMEN'S HOOPS


Shepherd 69, Lander 61

WINGATE, N.C. - Cassie Murray scored 15 points and Ashana Cowans added 11 as Shepherd College evened its record at 1-1 with a victory over Lander University at the Wingate Tournament on Saturday.

Murray and Makia Staves both pulled down seven rebounds for the Rams, who shot 40 percent from the floor. Williamsport graduate Ashley van Norden led all players with five assists.

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