PVAMU Captures First SWAC Cross Country Title

November 1, 2005

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – For the first time in school history Prairie View A&M University won the Southwestern Athletic Conference cross country championship. In convincing fashion, PVAMU captured first, second, third and 10th place finishes en route to a 31 point total, topping the second place team by 23 points.

Leading all runners was redshirt freshman, Alonzo Thomas with a time of 27:42.92. Teammates Matthew Jones, a freshman, followed with a 28:02.41 and junior, Thomas Rivera closed out the dynamic trio with a time of 28:03.51. Sophomore, Tyrone Russell closed out the list of top ten performers with a 29:18.16 finish.

“After the second mile I felt good about my chances to finish in front of the pack,” said Thomas. “We have great coaches (Clifton Gilliard and Chris Clay) that prepared us for today’s championship. It feels really great to capture a SWAC title in my first year of competition.”

Gilliard was named SWAC coach of the year while Thomas, Jones and Rivera received first team all-SWAC honors for their outstanding performances. Russell garnered second team honors for his top 10 finish.

“The guys have worked hard all season long,” said head coach Gilliard. “Coming into the meet they had their minds made-up that they were going to give their best performance toward winning the conference championship. Our front three have been performing great all year long, but I didn’t think we would be so far ahead.”

Southern finished in second place with 54 points followed by defending champion Jackson State with 110 points for a third place finish.

2005 All-SWAC Men’s Cross Country Teams
First Team

Alonzo Thomas Prairie View A&M
Matthew Jones Prairie View A&M
Thomas Rivera Prairie View A&M
Winston Sims Grambling State
Anthony Lee Southern
Courtney Irby Jackson State

Second Team

Landon Gibson Southern
Darnell Parker Southern
Siele Towett Grambling State
Tyrone Russell Prairie View A&M
Andres Esquivel Alcorn State
Adrian Sigle Mississippi Valley State

Coach of the Year: Clifton Gilliard, Prairie View A&M University

-The Official Meet Results Follow-

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SWAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
PRAIRIE VIEW A. & M., PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS - Monday 10/31/05  Event 2 Men's 8,000 Meter Run  MEN'S TEAM SCORES  
Rank School  Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
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1 PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.         31    1    2    3   10   15   25   27             
2 SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY        54    5    7    8   16   18   41   44             
3 JACKSON STATE UNIVERSIT   110    6   21   24   29   30   37   38             
4 MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERS   114   12   19   22   28   33   35   36             
4 GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERS   114    4    9   17   39   45   57                  
6 ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY   137   11   23   31   32   40   47   52             
7 ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSIT   179   14   26   34   51   54                       
8 ALABAMA A. & M. UNIVERS   197   13   42   43   49   50   53                  
9 TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSI   225   20   46   48   55   56                      
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Event 2 Men's 8,000 Meter Run Results by Order of Finish - Monday 10/31/05
RANK COMP# ATHLETE NAME              SCHOOL       
TIME SCORE   1   120 Thomas, Alonzo            
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          27:42.92     1   2   113 Jones, Matthew            
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          28:02.41     2   3   116 Rivera, Thomas            
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          28:03.51     3   4    61 Sims, Winston             
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSI    28:55.55     4   5   136 Lee, Anthony              
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY         29:02.92     5   6    75 Irby, Courtney            
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    29:09.45     6   7   133 Gibson, Landon            
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY         29:12.77     7   8   137 Parker, Darnell           
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY         29:13.74     8   9    63 Towett, Siele             
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSI    29:14.32     9  10   117 Russell, Tyrone           
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          29:18.16    10  11    42 Esquivel, Andres          
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY     29:25.77    11  12    97 Sigle, Adrian             
MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    29:37.00    12  13    10 Bacchus, Lyndon           
ALABAMA A. & M. UNIVERSI    29:39.57    13  14    28 Pope, Marquis             
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY    29:40.70    14  15   111 Cavitt, Maurice           
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          29:43.14    15  16   135 Henneghan, Erik           
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY         29:46.21    16  17    59 Daniels, Terron           
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSI    29:48.45    17  18   131 Animashaun, Wale          
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY         29:59.11    18  19    99 Thomas, Owen              
MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    30:09.66    19  20   155 Johnson, Jabari           
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSIT    30:19.07    20  21    77 McClain, Melvin           
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    30:28.26    21  22    95 Ndegwa, Zakary            
MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    30:39.13    22  23    49 Weddington, Aundrey       
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY     30:40.50    23  24    78 Njunga, Raphael           
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    30:45.00    24  25   118 Frank, Wilbert            
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          30:51.58    25  26    25 Chambliss, Walter        
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY    30:55.99    26  27   119 Shy, Cecil               
 PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          31:09.52    27  28    93 Davis, Caleb              
MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    31:16.17    28  29    80 Ray, Derek                
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    31:25.52    29  30    76 Jones, Jamal              
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    31:31.27    30  31   115 Pascal, Hezekiah          
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          31:38.67        32   114 Miller, Mike              
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          31:41.53        33    43 Henry, Jeremy             
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY     31:43.41    31  34    47 Scott, Shannon            
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY     31:52.85    32  35   100 Walton, Andre            
 MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    31:58.08    33  36    27 O'Neal, Jarell            
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY    32:00.27    34  37    94 Karanja, Samuel           
MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    32:04.18    35  38    96 Prayer, Latrence         
 MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    32:06.44    36  39    74 Estwick, Terry            
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    32:13.42    37  40    73 Davis, Marqueno           
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    32:32.77    38  41    58 Brown, Quincy             
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSI    32:50.95    39  42    48 Smith, Je'Kel             
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY     33:01.95    40  43   132 Delaine, Antonio          
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY         33:05.34    41  44    81 Speer, Eric               
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY    33:19.36        45    11 Dunn, Jimmy               
ALABAMA A. & M. UNIVERSI    33:55.92    42  46    12 Edwards, Justin           
ALABAMA A. & M. UNIVERSI    34:19.69    43  47   138 Rooks, Lloyd              
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY         34:25.13    44  48   112 Duron, John               
PRAIRIE VIEW A. M.          34:31.59        49    60 Simmons, Ian              
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSI    34:48.52    45  50   154 Hall, Jr., Johnny         
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSIT    34:51.38    46  SWAC                                                      
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Event 2 Men's 8,000 Meter Run Results by Order of Finish - Monday 10/31/05                                                                                                
RANK COMP# ATHLETE NAME              SCHOOL                          TIME SCORE 51    41 Chatwin, Matthew          
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY     34:54.63    47  52   153 Gordon, Esmond            
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSIT    35:05.75    48  53    14 Piggott, Adande           
ALABAMA A. & M. UNIVERSI    35:12.13    49  54    16 Smith, Rodsay             
ALABAMA A. & M. UNIVERSI    35:41.58    50  55    30 Weaver, Bryan             
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY    35:42.67    51  56    46 Nunnery, Leroy            
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY     35:46.24    52  57    98 Smith, Daniel             
MS VALLEY STATE UNIVERSI    36:32.58        58    15 Smith, Rahzek             
ALABAMA A. & M. UNIVERSI    36:35.27    53  59    26 Gray, Darius              
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY    37:48.20    54  60   152 Gamble, Andre             
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSIT    41:23.49    55  61   158 Williams, Curran          
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSIT    41:25.79    56  62    62 Thomas, Rickey            
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSI    43:39.98    57  63       Unknown                                               43:39.98