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Gambia's Ansu Sowe Becomes Monroe's First Cross Country Winner

New York, NY, September 15, 2012 --( Gambian middle distance runner Ansu Sowe has added yet another medal to his growing list after he dominated the first ever edition of the Monroe College Mustangs Cross Country race in the United States at the weekend.

The man from Essau in the North Bank Region of The Gambia has always shown that his potential is unlimited and on Friday afternoon in the West Point Open on the scenic West Point golf course, Monroe distance star, the Gambian sophomore [a term particularly used in US English to describe a student in the second year of study at high school or university], showed why he became the first Mustang to ever win a Cross Country race.

Running the just-over 5K course in 17:11:30, Sowe saw off competition from more than 100 runners from 10 different colleges including West Point, Ramapo College, SUNY Maritime, Kings Point, and the College of New Rochelle.Freshman Jessica Barrera was the first Monroe finisher for the women in a time of 23:56.She was 17th overall out of 60 runners.

"What was most impressive about Ansu's victory is that he can ultimately do better," Coach Mark Goodman said in quotes reported on the Monroe College website. "Today he basically stayed right behind the leaders for most of the race and simply overtook them all at the end.It was a strong race, but more importantly, if he continues to train vigorously, his future is bright."

The Open was Monroe's XC team's first meet of the season, ending the long preseason training. Last year Monroe had its first-runner to ever compete in the national cross country race.Certainly with Sowe's performance at West Point, hopes are high for this season. Earlier this year in May, Ansu was part of the team in a stunning display of speed, strength, desire, preparation, and talent, the Monroe Mustangs outdoor track team won their first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association, NJCAA Eastern District championship with a men's title in Newark, New Jersey.

The Gambian middle distance runner Ansu was the biggest winner of the two-day event. Monroe finished with 171 points; eleven more than host Essex County College who finished second. Numerous Monroe athletes turned in stellar performances to key the run to the title.
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