Stroud's School Record Tops Saturday Cross Country Action

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Stroud Breaks School Record For Women's 5K
CHARLESTON, SC--Winthrop junior Jeanne Stroud ran the fastest time in school history to lead the Eagles to a first place finish while the men's squad placed three runners in the top 10 and finished second in The Citadel Invittional held Saturday morning.

Stroud (Charleston, SC) made the return to her hometown a memorable one as she broke the old Winthrop mark for the 5K by 18 seconds.  Stroud was clocked in 17:27.57 to take first place by 15 seconds over her nearest challenger.  Sophomore Tristan Langley (Belmont, Nova Scoita) also turned in a career-best performance as she trimmed 20 seconds off her previous best performance with a fourth place finish of 18:02.40.

Winthrop compiled 56 points to edge out second place Mercer (65 points) for the team title.

The Winthrop men were led by freshman Ryan McCann (San Antonio, TX) and sophomore Gabe Holguin (Panama City, FL) who finished third and fourth in the men's 8K.  McCann had a time of 25:45.27 while Holguin was clocked in 25:57.23.  Also finishing 10th was junior Steve Rivard with a time of 26:22.29.  Mercer claimed first place in the team results as the Bears placed five runners in the top 10, including the individual champion Lukas Steinheber who turned in a time of 25:14.95.

Winthrop will now prepare for the 2012 Big South Conference Championships that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Winthrop Lake Course.

Campbell Women's XC Takes 4th at Citadel Invitational
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Juniors Ashley Matthews and Cynthia Navarro finished sixth and seventh to lead Campbell's women's cross country team to a third place finish at the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational Saturday morning.

CU posted 73 points on the day to finish third out of the eight team field at the Laurel Hill Plantation course. Winthrop took the team title with 56 points, followed by Mercer with 65. CU finished with an average time of 18:56.30 in the 5K race. 

Matthews was the first Camel across the finish line with a time of 18:17.55, with Navarro only a few paces behind with an 18:27.79.

Junior Samantha Robbins took 15th with a time of 18:59.37. Junior Chelsey Bush finished right behind her teammate taking 16th while posting a time of 19:00.15.

Senior Laura Verschuren rounded out the scoring for Campbell on the day, claiming 30th with a 19:56.64.

Also competing for the Campbell on the day were Courtney Schultz (42nd, 20:39.60), Meaghan Wessel (47th, 20:55.65), and Michelle Kauffman (54th, 22:00.86).

Next up for the Camels is the Big South Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. on Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Bucs finish 14th at Royal XC Challenge
CHARLOITTE, N.C. - Charleston Southern finished with a total of 378 points to claim 14th at the 2012 Queens Challenge, run on Friday night at McAlpine Creek Park.

The Bucs finished 11 points behind Anderson (S.C.) in the 21-team field.

Liberty University ran away with the meet, posting only 19 points and winning by a margin of almost four minutes over Western Carolina, while Spartanburg Methodist, Elon, and Mount Olive round out the top five.

Sophomore Tyre Hines was CSU's top finisher, averaging 5:05 per mile on the eight-kilometer course in taking 31st with a time of 25:45.

Junior Baxley Crosby finished less than three minutes back, averaging 5:27.9 per mile on the course to finish 109th with a time of 28:03.9.

Michael Marshburn crossed the line six places behind Crosby, averaging 5:24.8 per mile to finish with a time of 28:15.9 on the evening.

Martin Hutchens finished the event with a time of 28:37.6 to finish 120th overall on the course, while Josh Mack wrapped up the group placed on the course by Coach Ryan Thompson, crossing the line with a time of 32:09.7.

CSU returns to the road on Saturday, October 27th as the Buccaneers travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to take part in the 2012 Big South Cross Country Conference Championships.

Lady Bucs take fifth at Citadel Invitational
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Adrienne Cuff finished in the top 10 at the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational on Saturday morning as the Lady Bucs finished fifth overall among the eight teams competing at Laurel Hill Plantation.

Cuff continued her strong senior season, completing the five-kilometer course in 18:36.02 to finish ninth overall among all competitors on the course to lead the Lady Bucs.

Winthrop University won the team title on the morning, finishing with 56 points overall and the Lady Eagles were led by medalist Jeanne Stroud who crossed the line in 17:27.57 to lead all runners. Mercer and Campbell rounded out the top three teams on the day, with College of Charleston finishing fourth and Charleston Southern taking fifth overall.

Freshman Jessie Dotson and senior Susanna McKee finished in the top 20 individually for CSU, with Dotson taking 17th overall after crossing the line with 19:06.71, while McKee finished with a time of 19:14.94 on the morning in finishing 20th overall.

Heidi Dean finished three spots back with a time of 19:32.53, while Hannah Burkholder rounded out the top five for Coach Ryan Thompson on the course with a time of 19:57.40 to finish 30th overall.

Eloisa Paredes and Mary Davidson competed individually for CSU in the race, with Paredes finishing 31st overall with a time of 20:02.41, while Davidson finished 39th overall with a time of 20:36.68.

Charleston Southern remains on the road as the Lady Bucs travel to Rock Hill, S.C. on Saturday, October 27th to take on the rest of the conference field in the 2012 Big South Conference Championships.

Campbell Men's XC Ties for 13th at Pre-Nationals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Campbell's men's cross country team set four new personal bests and finished tied for 13th in the black unseeded race at the 2012 Division I Pre-Nationals Meet in Louisville, Ky.

The event at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park featured 15 teams ranked in the top 30 of the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association national poll, including No. 3 BYU, No. 7 Colorado (last year's Pac-12 champion), No. 9 Tulsa, No. 14 Florida State, and No. 15 Oregon.

A total of four races were held on Saturday, as the men opened the day with the red seeded 8K competition followed by the women's 6K red seeded race. Next was the men's black unseeded race, followed by the women's black unseeded competition that concluded the meet.

Colorado won the red seeded 8K with a team score of 72 while Indiana won the black unseeded race with a team score of 83.

The top four placers for the Camels recorded personal bests on the day, with the first being Junior Morgan Timiney with a 25:00.1, finishing 33rd.

Sophomore Evan Darm crossed the line in the 77th spot with a time of 25:33.80 as junior Chris Schulist followed close behind with a 25:36.80, claiming 84th.

Junior Eric Baldwin was the last CU harrier with a PB, finishing 135th with a tie of 26:01.20. Junior Delohnni Nicol-Samuel rounded out the scorers for the Camels, claiming 183rd with a 26:33.10.

Also competing on the day for Campbell were Michael Bedell (238th, 27:20.00) and Clayton Woll (260th, 28:12.20).

Next on the schedule for the Camels is the Big South Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. on Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

HPU Men's Cross Country Takes Ninth in Chile Pepper Festival
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --  The High Point University men's cross country team placed ninth out of 34 teams at the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Senior Jacob Smith was the Panthers' top finisher in 34th place.

Smith placed 34th with a time of 31:49.4 on the 10,000-meter course. Redshirt-freshman Jeff LaCoste was close behind in 36th with a time of 31:52.4. Junior Patrick Crawford placed 70th in 32:29.3.

High Point had two freshmen finish their first 10K cross country races - Paddy Grandinali placed 90th in 32:49.4 and Cody Seymour took 105th in 32:59.2. Sophomore Reece Ayers placed 143rd in 33:30.4. Freshman Benji Szalai did not finish the race.

No. 2 Oklahoma State won the meet with 20 points, placing eight runners in the top 12. Texas Tech was runner-up and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi placed third.

The Big South Championship is set for Oct. 27 at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. In the most recent Div. I Southeast rankings released on Oct. 1, High Point was ranked 13th in the region, one spot ahead of Liberty. They were the only two Big South teams in the rankings. High Point has finished second to Liberty in the last five Big South Championships.