The Bulldogs football team wasn’t the only team that kicked butt during Bowie State’s homecoming this past weekend. The long distance runners of BSU’s track and field squad also celebrated homecoming in victorious fashion, as both the men’s and women’s team earned first place honors during their hosted challenge last week.

The Lady Bulldogs finished with 19 total points, while Washington Adventist University took second place with 36 total points.

Lady Bulldogs’ Shamika Patton placed first overall in the 5,000 meter race with a time of 20 minutes and 22 seconds, while Danielle Penuccio of Washington Adventist closed in at second place at 20 minutes and 36 seconds. 

BSU junior Shayla Davis placed third at 21:36, while teammate Michelle Palmer finished fourth just behind Davis at 21:37.?Sophomore Briana Harrison and freshman Vernesse Thomas-Quickley took fifth and sixth place, respectively, as Harrison clocked in at 24:11 and Thomas-Quickley at 24:16. ?

Bowie State’s men’s squad did just as well, earning a first place finish, while Virginia State University placed second with 44 points and Washington Adventist (men) took third place with 55 points.

BSU senior star Daryl Sanders smoked all competition with a first place finish in the 8,000 meter run with a time of 25 minutes and 52 seconds. He was followed by Virginia State’s Timothy Davidson, who finished at 26:42. Bulldogs freshman Matthew Haile took third place honors with a time of 26 minutes and 59 seconds, while fellow freshman Ronald Exum followed in fourth at 27:00. Senior Bryon Lewis (Waldorf, MD, West Lake) claimed fifth place with a time of 27:03, wile Eric Makovsky and Kyle Christainsen of Washington Adventist placed sixth (27:27) and seventh (28:08) respectively. ?

Bowie State’s long distance runners will hit the track again throughout this weekend during the annual Central Interscholastic Athletic Association Cross Country Championships held in Cary, N.C.