Liberty & Winthrop Men Win; HPU Tops Big South Women

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Winthrop Men Finish 1st; Women Are 4th In Winthrop Invitational XC Meet
ROCK HILL, SC--Senior Adam Freudenthal coasted to victory in the 25th annual Winthrop Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday as he led the Eagle men to the team title over 10 other schools in the 8K race.  In the women's competition, Winthrop finished fourth out of 12 schools in the 5K event as South Carolina claimed the team title.

Freudenthal (Spartanburg, SC) covered the Winthrop Lake Course in a time of 24:51.08 to win the individual title by 44 seconds over sophomore teammate Steve Rivard (Goose Creek, SC) who was clocked in 25:35.26.  As a team the Eagle men compiled 31 points as they place four runners in the top 10 finishers.  Mount Olive College ran second with 43 points.  Junior AJ Fitzsimmons (Charleston, SC) placed fourth with a time of 26:04.97 while sophomore Drew Harris (Lexington, SC) claimed ninth place with a time of 26:20.17.

South Carolina defended its women's team championship as it compiled 43 points to nose out second place Davidson which tallied 51 points.  Wofford finished third with 86 points followed by Winthrop in fourth with 92 points.

The Lady Eagle runners were led by sophomore Jeanne Strroud (Charleston, SC) who placed eighth overall with a time of 18:42.44.  Freshman Jessica Whitmire (Pendleton, SC) had the second best time for Winthrop as she ran the course in 19:07.52 to place 14th overall.  Two spots behind in 16th place was another Lady Eagle freshman, Tristan Langley (Belmont, Nova Scotia) was was clocked in 19:15.17.

Here are the complete team results for the men:  1. Winthrop (31) 2. Mount Oliver (43) 3. Spartanburg Methodist (109) 4. Wingate (126) 5. Mars Hill (129) 6. Wofford (163) 7. Gardner-Webb (166) 8. Benedict (232) 9. South Carolina State (259) 10. Claflin (318) 11. Morris (336).

The women's results are: 1. South Carolina (43) 2. Davidson (51) 3. Wofford (86) 4. Winthrop (92) 5. Mount Olive (121) 6. Gardner-Webb (168) 7. Wingate (213) 8. South Carolina State (231) 9. Mars Hill (271) 10. Spartanburg Methodist (272) 11. Benedict (336) 12. Claflin (374).

Edwards Leads Flames to Big South Preview Win
CONWAY, S.C. - The first individual victory of Zac Edwards' young career at Liberty helped the Flames notch an impressive team title at Saturday morning's Coastal Carolina Invitational/Big South Preview. Meanwhile, Jennifer Klugh placed fourth in the women's race, highlighting the Lady Flames' fifth-place team finish at the Quail Creek Golf Club.

Competing for just the second time in a Liberty Flames uniform, transfer Edwards won the men's 8K race by 15 seconds. Behind him, the next seven Liberty finishers posted 8K personal-best times, helping the Flames post an upset of sorts over Big South preseason favorite High Point.

Liberty placed four men's runners in the top six, and seven Flames crossed the finish line before High Point's No. 5 runner. As a result, Liberty captured its second straight Coastal Carolina Invitational championship with 25 points. High Point was second with 40 tallies.

On the women's side, Klugh was the top Big South finisher in her 2011 season debut, trailing only three runners from No. 8 Duke. The Blue Devils justified their national ranking on Saturday, posting a winning score of 19 points. Behind them, four of the top contenders for the Big South Conference title waged a strong battle.

High Point grabbed the women's runner-up spot with 70 points. Host Coastal Carolina and conference newcomer Campbell tied for third place with 94 points apiece. The Lady Flames' team score of 109 left them in the fifth position out of nine teams.

Men's Race Recap
Liberty and High Point men's runners battled up front throughout the morning, and the first seven runners to complete the race were either Flames or Panthers. Edwards, a transfer from South Alabama, pulled away from High Point's Patrick Crawford during the latter stages of the race, notching a winning time of 24:42.

David Ricksecker finished third, just one second behind runner-up Crawford. The Flames' redshirt junior broke the 25-minute barrier for the first time in his career, stopping the clock in 24:58. Just behind him, sophomore Josh MacDonald sliced 20 seconds off of his previous best. His final time of 25:08 netted fourth place.

It was another Liberty sophomore, Caleb Edmonds, who made the biggest improvement of the day. He placed sixth in a time of 25:27 that was 38 seconds faster than his top 8K effort from the 2010 season.

Talented High Point veteran Neal Darmody finished 10th, but a pair of Flames followed closely behind him to seal the Liberty team victory. Will Reeves came in 11th in 25:56 and Isaac Wendland was 12th in 25:57.

Sophomore Jarred Cornfield nearly dipped below 26 minutes for the first time in his career, but had to settle for an official time of 26:00 and a 14th-place finish.

Women's Race Recap
Klugh, the defending Big South women's cross country champion, made a positive first impression at the course which will host this year's Big South Cross Country Championships in six weeks. Her 5K time of 18:09 placed the redshirt junior fourth overall and first among Big South entrants. Klugh outdistanced Coastal Carolina's Emily Marchini by five seconds for the honor.

The Lady Flames' next two finishers were also juniors. Khristina Kanagy ran an 18:48 for 17th place and Betel Yosef clocked 19:11 for the 28th spot.

Sophomore Katie Russo served as Liberty's No. 4 runner on Saturday, coming in 32nd with a 19:25 clocking. Meanwhile, freshman Jacy Christiansen rounded out the Lady Flames' five scorers with a 19:32 effort and a 35th-place showing.

Fellow rookie Meredith Mistretta came in 41st in her collegiate debut, stopping the clock in 19:56. Lyndi Fielitz was Liberty's seventh runner on the day, crossing the line in a personal-best time of 20:16 for 46th place.

Liberty's next meet will be the Charlotte Invitational on Sept. 30. The meet, held at McAlpine Park, will begin at 4 p.m. with the women's 5K race. The men's 8K will follow at 4:30 p.m.

HPU Women's Cross Country Tops League in Preview Meet
The High Point University women's cross country team was the first Big South finisher and second only to Duke at the Big South Preview meet on Saturday at Quail Creek Golf Club in Conway, S.C. Sophomore Kayleigh Perry (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) led HPU with an eighth-place finish.

Duke won the meet with 18 points followed by HPU at 70. Coastal Carolina and Campbell tied for third with 94 points each and Liberty placed fifth with 109 points. Radford placed sixth with 174 points followed by Concord (185), Presbyterian (249) and Methodist (263).

Perry placed eighth with a time of 18:23. Duke's Auejin Ahn won the meet and the Blue Devils took five of the top seven spots. Liberty's Jennifer Klugh was the top Big South finisher in fourth with a time of 18:09 and Coastal Carolina's Emily Marchini placed fifth in 18:14.

HPU junior Kelsey Hunt (Bedford, N.H./Manchester West) placed 13th overall, the fifth Big South finisher, in a time of 18:36 and was followed closely by freshman Sarah Dorrell (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) in 16th with a time of 18:48.

HPU's 4-6 runners came in together with sophomore Audrey Malloy (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) leading the way in 18th with a time of 18:52. Senior Kelsey Fraser (Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) placed 19th, also with a time of 18:52. Junior Kelsey Paine (Daniels, W.Va./Shady Spring) placed 21st in a career-best 18:54.

Sophomore Colleen Hollowood (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) placed 30th in the race with a time of 19:17 and freshman Lauren Blackwell placed 34th in 19:30. Rounding out the meet for the Panthers were freshman Krista Willard (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) in 51st and senior Kelsey Hinchliffe (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) in 66th.

The Panthers are back in action at the national-class Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sept. 30. Saturday's meet was a precursor to the Big South Championship, which will be run on the same course at Coastal Carolina on Oct. 29.

Keefe, Williamson Lead the Way for Radford XC at Big South Preview
CONWAY, S.C. - Thomas Keefe (Fairfax Station, Va./South County Secondary) and Teresa Williamson (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) each posted personal-best times, helping Radford cross country to solid team showings at the Big South Preview Saturday morning.
 
Keefe shattered his personal-best from a year ago by 36 seconds with a 26:27.00, finishing in 21st place.   The freshman Williamson also eclipsed her fastest collegiate time by nearly a minute at 18:58, good for 24th. 
 
As a team, the Highlander men finished fifth out of 10 teams with 125 points while the women capped the meet in sixth place with 174 points.
 
The Radford men had a solid showing with four runners finishing within nine positions of each other. Keefe led the way, followed by Chris Weeks (Hamilton, Va./Loudoun Valley) at 26:50 (23rd), freshman Ryan Farnan (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) at 26:58 (29th), junior Sam Keltner (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial), who finished in 30th place at 27:02 and Brian Gorwitz (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) had a 27:24 showing in 34th place.
 
Following the leadership of Williamson, Caroline Ratterree (Falcon, Colo./Northeastern JUCO) crossed the finish line in 36th at 19:33 and just behind her in 39th was Hannah Scheren (Lovettsville, Va./Loudoun Valley), who completed the 5k in 19:54.

Lesieur and Taylor Lead Blue Hose At Coastal Carolina Invitational
CONWAY, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's and women's cross country teams showed improvement at the Coastal Carolina Invitational/Big South Preview Meet with every runner besting their times from two weeks ago. Freshman Gabriele Lesieur and sophomore Richard Taylor took advantage of the favorable conditions at the Quail Creek Golf Course to lead their respective teams with personal best finishes.

Taylor (Spartanburg, S.C.) led the men's team with a new 8k best time of 29:03 and 44th place finish, eclipsing his week one result by 1:27 and freshman best by 15 seconds. On his heels, freshman JJ Carruth (Landrum, S.C.) claimed 50th overall with a time of 29:29, an improvement of 1:13.

Freshman Jordan Huffstetler (Orangeburg, S.C.) showed the most improvement, crossing the line in 30:20, a blazing 2:25 faster, to finish 57th. Sophomore Ryan Wasilewski (Easley, S.C.) was close behind in 30:26 and 60th place, improving 2:04 since week one. Freshman Chris Downey (Landrum, S.C.) finished fifth for PC with a time of 33:10, marking an improvement of 1:16 since his first 8k, claiming 64th place.

Liberty defeated preseason favorite High Point for the men's title. The Flames' Zac Edwards won the 8k race with a time of 24:42. The Panthers' finished second with 40 points. Campbell finished third (88), Coastal Carolina fourth (124), and Radford fifth (125). Non-conference opponents Concord (148), The Citadel (227), and Methodist (246) finished sixth, seventh, and eighth. PC claimed ninth with 275 points. Coastal Carolina's alumni team finished tenth.

Lesieur (Augusta, Ga.) improved 36 seconds to finish 43rd overall and lead the team for a second-straight race. Her time of 20:39 is the fifth fastest 5k for a Blue Hose since program-great Tannith Forrester graduated in 2003.  All-time, the mark ties for 16th.

Fellow freshman Jessica Hatchell (Darlington, S.C.) finished second for PC and improved 1:11 to claim 47th place at 21:23 with senior Stephanie Newell (Inman, S.C.) close behind at 21:37 and 49th place, missing her collegiate best by four seconds.

Freshman Jennifer Lockman (Woodruff, S.C.) ran 22:13, an improvement of three seconds, claiming 51st place. Grace Lifer (Hilton Head, S.C.) ran exactly one minute faster and finished at 24:47 for 59th place. Mary Kathryn Piontek (Greenwood, S.C.) improved around thirty seconds, but due to a timing error her exact finish is unknown.

Duke nearly recorded a perfect score to win the event with a mere 19 points. Senior Suejin Ahn won the 5k with a time of 17:40. Liberty's Jennifer Klugh was the top female finisher for the Conference, finishing fourth with a time of 18:09. High Point finished second with 70 points. Coastal Carolina and Campbell tied for third with 94 points each. Liberty (109) and Radford (174) finished fifth and sixth. Non-conference opponent Concord was seventh with 185 points. PC claimed eighth place with 249 points. Methodist finished ninth with 263 points.

The Blue Hose will race again on September 30 in Charlotte, N.C. at the Charlotte Invitational. It will be the second-straight year the Blue Hose have traveled to UNC-Charlotte's race at McAlpine Park. The 5k will be at 4:00 p.m. followed by the 8k at 4:30 p.m.

Coastal Carolina Women's Cross Country Claims Third at CCU Invite
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team placed third in the 5k CCU Invitational/Big South Preview held on the grounds of the Quail Creek Golf Club on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Duke, ranked No. 8 nationally, won the event handedly with a score of 19. High Point placed second with a score of 70 followed by Coastal Carolina and Campbell in third with 94 points apiece. Liberty rounded out the top five with 109 points. Duke's Suejin Ahn won the event with a time of 17:40.

Emily Marchini crossed the finish line first for the Chanticleers for the second time this season. The sophomore finished fifth in 18:14 to break the Blue Devil's strangle hold on the top five spots. Also turning in times under 19 minutes were Christian Johnson with a 18:26 to place ninth and Janel Reeves who placed 22 with an 18:55.

Jessica Dennison improved her previous season best by 24 seconds as she crossed the finish line in 19:08 to place 26 overall. Shelby Nicosia capped the scoring for the Chanticleers with a 37th place finish as she completed the course in 19:40.

Stephanie Taylor made her season debut finishing with a time of 20:20.

Coastal will return to action at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University on Sept. 30.

Coastal Carolina Men's Cross Country Finishes Fourth at CCU Invite
CONWAY -- The Coastal Carolina men's cross country team turned in a fourth place finish at the 8k CCU Invitational/Big South Preview held on the grounds of the Quail Creek Golf Club on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Liberty won the event with a team score of 30. High Point finished second with 36 points followed by Campbell (85) and Coastal Carolina (123). Radford rounded out the top five with 125 total team points. Liberty's Zac Edwards won the individual title with a time of 24:42.

Evan Niciphor was the top placing Chanticleer as he placed ninth with a time of 25:47. Fellow freshman and winner of the season opening Gamecock Open was the second Coastal finisher in 18 with a 26:20. Cameron Wells finished 32 overall as he crossed the finish line in 27:13. Tyler Cummings, a freshman, and Rob Delviscio concluded the Coastal scoring with times of 27:34 and 28:00 to place 42 and 47, respectively.

Also competing for the Chants but not figuring into the team scoring were Zach Hensel (28:45) and Spencer Lange (28:25).

Prior to the start of the meet, a moment of silence was held in memory of Terah Kipchiris, a Hall of Fame cross country and track & field performer while with the Chanticleers from 2002-05. Kipchiris was involved in a serious auto accident on July 9, 2011, in Kansas City, Kan., and had been in a coma, listed in critical condition, until his passing on Aug. 31.

Coastal will return to action at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University on Sept. 30.

High Point Men's Cross Country Second in Big South Preview Meet
The High Point University men's cross country team placed second to Liberty in the Big South Preview meet on Saturday at Quail Creek Golf Club in Conway, N.C. Sophomore Patrick Crawford (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was runner-up followed by junior Jacob Smith (Brockville, Ontario/Thousand Islands Secondary School), who took fifth.

Liberty scored 25 points for the win followed by HPU with 40. New Big South member Campbell placed third with 88 points followed by Coastal Carolina with 124 and Radford with 125. Concord placed sixth with 148 points in the meet followed by the Citadel (227), Methodist (246), Presbyterian (275) and a Coastal Carolina alumni team with 276.

Crawford finished second with a time of 24:57 to lead the Panthers and Smith crossed the line fifth with a time of 25:16. HPU had two other finishers in the top 10: junior Dakota Peachee (Garner, N.C./West Johnston) placed seventh with a time of 25:33 and senior Neal Darmody (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) placed 10th in 25:52.

Crawford competed with Liberty transfer Zac Edwards throughout the race before Edwards pulled away over the final two miles. Edwards finished in 24:42. The Flames' David Ricksecker placed third in 24:58 and Josh MacDonald placed fourth in 25:08 to solidify Liberty's win in the preview meet.

High Point freshman Reece Ayers (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) made his collegiate debut and was the fifth Panther across the finish line, placing 16th with a time of 26:06. Sophomore John Yankello (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) placed 17th in 26:17 and senior Mike Ali (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) placed 22nd in 26:47.

Junior Jonathan Riley (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendhem) placed 25th in 26:53 followed by senior Mike Feroe (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) in 33rd and Anthony Kilar (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) in 36th.

Next up, High Point University races in the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sept. 30. The Panthers run for the Big South Championship on Oct. 29 at Coastal Carolina.

UNC Asheville Cross Country Teams Compete at Mountaineer Open 
BOONE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's and women's country teams competed in the Mountaineer Open at Appalachian State Friday evening.

The Bulldog women's squad took sixth place with 157 points, while the men's team finished in seventh place with 186 points.

National power Ohio State finished in first place in both the men's and women's field.

The women's team was led by freshman Adriane Etheridge. She finished in 23rd place and had a time of 19:09 over the 5K course.

Kasey Briggs took 31st with a time of 19:56, followed by Kylie Smith (20:17), Alyska Kalmeijer (20:45), Jennifer Black (21:12) and Rachel Carson (21:44).

The men's team was led by freshman Kevin Paradise who finished in 28th place over the 6,400 meter course. He had a time of 20:43.

Aaron Martin came in 32nd as he posted a time of 21:04. He was followed by Eliud Chirchir (21:30). Carlos Lopez (21:45), Adam Schnapp (22:55), Sam Maynard (23:03) and Eliot Pahel-Short (23:13).

The Bulldog teams are back in action in two weeks when they'll participate in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Lafayette, Pa. on Sept. 30.

Campbell Men's & Women's Teams Take Third at Coastal Carolina
CONWAY, S.C.-Both Campbell's men's and women's cross country teams took third place finishes Saturday at the Coastal Carolina Invitational / Big South Preview at Quail Creek Golf Club, the 2011 home of the conference's championship race.
 
Each Camel unit placed four harriers in the top-25 of their respective races. Campbell junior DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel paced the men's team with an eighth place finish, while senior Rachel Deline led the women's team, coming in 13th.
 
Liberty claimed the men's race with Duke taking the overall women's team title. Junior Zac Edwards of Liberty was the individual winner on the men's side, while Duke's Suejin Ahn, a senior, took the women's race.
 
Nicol-Samuel recorded a time of 25:35.00 in the 8K men's race, while sophomore Morgan Timiney took 13th with a 25:58.00 mark. Freshman Evan Darm placed 15th, just behind Timiney with a time of 26:05.00. Chris Schulist and Clayton Woll, meanwhile, placed 24th and 28th, respectively, with times of 26:54.00 and 27:06.00.
 
Deline's time of 18:40.00 in the women's 5K run put the Belleville, Ontario just ahead of teammate Cynthia Navarro, who claimed 14th with a time of 18:46.00. Sophomore Ashley Matthews posted a mark of 18:53.00 in 19th place. Sophomore Samantha Robbins registered a time of 18:57.00 for 22nd, while junior Laura Verschuren placed 26th with her 19:10.00 time.
 
Next up for the Camels will be the Charlotte Invitational on Sep. 30.