Winthrop Men Win The Citadel Invitational

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Winthrop Men's Cross Country Team Stays Undefeated
HARLESTON, SC--Even without two of its top three runners in the lineup, the Winthrop men's cross country team won its third straight meet on Saturday as the Eagles coasted to the William Wilson/The Citadel Invitational 8K victory which was held at James Island County Park.  The meet also doubled as the South Carolina Intercollegiate with the Eagles claiming that title as well.

Winthrop bested three other Division I schools and seven Division II colleges on a muddy track and humid conditions to keep its record perfect this year.  The Winthrop women finished second in their 5K race.

The men ran as a solid pack despite resting two of the top three as senior Adam Freudenthal and junior AJ Fitzsimmons did not compete. Sophomore Steve Rivard (Goose Creek, SC) ran turned in the top performance for the Eagles as he finished second with a time of 27:21.06. Winthrop claimed 5 of the top 13 spots in accumulating 40 points to finish ahead of second place College of Charleston's 45 points..

Junior Adam Leroux (Halifax, Nova Scotia) finished 8th for the men with a time of 27:54.29 while senior Kyle Carufe (Naples, FL) came in 10th (28:05.17), freshman Drew Harris (Lexington, SC) placed 12th (28:18.94), and sophomore Sammy Livingston (Georgetown, SC)  took 13th place (28:25.68).

In the women's event, sophomore Jeanne Stroud (Charleston, SC) led the Lady Eagles to a runner-up spot. Stroud finished second with a clocking of 18:48.55 and was followed closely by a trio of freshmen as the ladies claimed four of the top 14 spots. Winthrop claimed the second place spot behind College of Charleston in both the invitational and the SC Intercollegiate.

Freshman Jessica Whitmire (Pendleton, SC) placed fourth with a time of 19:34.89.  Finishing 13th and 14th, respectively, were freshmen Sara Devaux (Fort Walton Beach, FL) and Tristan Langley (Truro, Nova Scotia) who finished in 20:16.56 and 20:17.16.  Sophomores Shayna Jenkins (Columbia, SC) and  Lisa Nichols (Fort Mill, SC) placed 17th and 18th, respectively, with times of 20:24.72 and 20:31.17

Lady Bucs Take Fourth at Will Wilson/Citadel Invite
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A number of strong performances helped the Lady Buccaneers women's cross country team to a fourth place finish at the Will Wilson/Citadel Invitational, held at James Island County Park on James Island, S.C., on Saturday.

CSU came in fourth as a team with a team time of 1:48.56.12 for a total of 94 points. This season marked the fifth consecutive year the Buccaneers competed in the event, as the knocked 11 points of off their total from last season. Their fourth place ranking ties their highest finish at the event, as they also took fourth with a pair of top-25 runners in 2008.

Once again, junior Adrienne Cuff had a stellar day with her first top-10 finish of the season. Cuff took sixth place at the event, crossing the finish line in a time of 19:49.90. She recorded the highest finish in five years by a Buccaneer at the event.

Eloisa Paredes also finished inside the top-20, taking 19th overall with a time of 20:57.92. Sophomore Mary Davidson also had a strong day, taking 27th place in a time of 22:16.24 with teammate Susanna McKee close behind with a time of 22:32.71 for 29th place.

Hannah Burkholder, who is coming off of a stress fracture in her leg, used the race as a practice run - and fared well as she took 34th place with a time of 23:36.49. Fellow Buc Ashlyn Kunda ran a career-best 24:37.09 in the event, coming in 36th place overall. Heidi Dean, coming off of an illness, also competed in the event.

The Buccaneers will head to Greenville, S.C., on October 8 to compete in the Gene Mullin Furman Invitational, as hosted by the Furman Paladins.

Solis Leads Bucs to Fourth Place at Will Wilson/Citadel Invite
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Just three races into his career at Charleston Southern, newcomer Alex Solis is already making a name for himself in the local cross country scene as his fourth place individual finish paced the CSU men's cross country team to a fourth place team finish at the James Island County Park on Saturday. 

The Bucs finished with a team time of 2:24.37.44 for 81 points.   The 2011 season marks the fifth consecutive season that CSU has competed in the event.  Big South foe took home top team honors at the event. 

Solis, who got off to a strong start in today's race, completed the course in 27:29.24 as he picked up his second top-10 finish of the season.  Fellow rookie Tyre Hines also finished in the top 10, taking ninth place overall with a time of 28:00.39.

Michael Marshburn grabbed a top-25 finish for the Bucs, taking 23rd place after crossing the finish line in a time of 29:19.58.   Fellow Buc Matt Smith was close behind and in 25th place with a time of 29:32.53. 

In 33rd place was Scott Morrison, who finished in 30:15.70., while Martin Hutchens took 39th place in a time of 32:20.19.   Baxley Crosby rounded out the competitors for the Bucs, taking 42nd place in a time of 33:14.56.

The Bucs will take a week off before heading to Furman University for the Gene Mullin Furman Invitational on October 8 in Greenville, S.C.