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Cross Country


Excitement and anticipation surround Bethel Cross Country as 2005 opens

Third year head coach Rusty Thompson hopes 2005 will be a historic season for the Bethel College Cross Country teams.  The programs, which were started in 2003, have the talent to be a presence in the KIAC and Region XII this season. 

The Wildcat men have three veterans that will guide an eight-man team that will feature five new freshmen.  Blake Fawcett (SR / Bolivar, TN), Brandon Kilburn (SR / Savannah, TN) and Detrick Turner (JR / Bolivar, TN) all bring a lot of experience to the table.  James Demba, a freshman from Banjul, Gambia should provide an instant impact at the top of the lineup for the Wildcats.  Ryan Fortenberry (FR / Gadsden, TN), Randon Prather (FR / Mayfield, KY), Codye Tomaszewski (FR / Selmer, TN) and Rochard Weaver (FR / Bolivar, TN) all join the Wildcats for their first season and will give the team a huge boost.  In 2004, Detrick Turner recorded the best time in the KIAC with a 24:50.00 in the University of Memphis Twilight Classic. “On the men’s side, we return our #1 runner (Detrick Turner) from a year ago,” commented Coach Thompson.  “With the addition of four new runners with similar speed, this should strengthen the team and make us very competitive in the Region this season.

History surrounds the women’s team this season.  For the first time since the program began, the Lady Wildcat Cross Country team will field a full team.  Three runners return from a year ago, which include Noreisha McClatchey (JR / Memphis, TN), Maniececia White (SR / Memphis, TN) and Brandy Winton (SR / Bartlett, TN).  Four of the five new Lady ‘Cats are freshmen.  Margie and Margot Creasman, twin sisters from Rutherfordton, NC will add an instant punch at the top of the lineup for the team.  Freshmen Emily Scott (Barton, MS) and Anna Martin (Camden, TN) along with Laura Bowden, a junior transfer from Lambuth will also provide depth for the team.   “With the addition of our five new runners, coupled with the experience of our returning players, we should be very competitive this season,” added Thompson about the Lady Wildcat team. 

The schedule for both teams will be difficult.  The team opens on September 10 at the University of Memphis Twilight Classic.  The month of October will be a busy one as the team will run at the Rhodes College Invitational, Tennessee Tech, Lambuth University and Southeast Missouri State University Invitational before the KIAC / Region XII Championships on November 5th in Louisville, KY.



2005 Schedule/Results
Date Opponent Site Time / Results
09/10 University of Memphis Twilight Classic Memphis, TN Men's Results
Women's Results
09/17 Berea College Invitational Berea, KY TBA
10/01 UT-Martin Invitational Martin, TN Results
10/07 Tennessee Tech Invitational Cookeville, TN TBA
10/27 Lambuth University Invitational Jackson, TN TBA
11/05 KIAC / NAIA Region XII Championships Louisville, KY Men: 2nd KIAC; 9th in Region
Women:  No Team Score
11/19 NAIA National Championships Louisville, KY TBA

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2005 Roster
Player Class Hometown / Previous School
James Demba FR Banjul, Gambia West Africa
Blake Fawcett SR Bolivar, TN / Bolivar Central High School
Ryan Fortenberry FR Gadsden, TN / Crockett Co. High School
Brandon Kilburn SR Savannah, TN / Hardin Co. High School
Randon Prather FR Mayfield, KY / Marshall Co. High School
Detrick Turner JR Bolivar, TN / Bolivar Central High School
Codye Tomaszewski FR Selmer, TN / McNairy Central High School
Rechard L. Weaver FR Bolivar, TN / Boliar Central HIgh School
Women's Roster
Laura Bowden JR McKenzie, TN / Lambuth University
Margie Creasman FR Rutherfordton, NC / Rutherfordton-Spindale High
Margot Creasman FR Rutherfordton, NC / Rutherfordton-Spindale High
Noreshia McClatchey JR Memphis, TN / Oakhaven High
Anna Martin FR Camden, TN / Camden Central High
Emily Scott FR Barton, MS / Ridgeway High
Maniececia White SR Memphis, TN / Fairley High
Brandy Winton SR Bartlett, TN / Germantown High