Kyla van Graan
The programs look to earn their 14th and fourth conference championships, respectively.
Junior Letitia Saayman broke the course record in the women's 5k with a time of 17:17.
The Chants begin their season hosting the CCU Invitational on Aug. 29 at The Hackler Golf Course.
The women's cross country/track & field team captured the 2013-2014 Big South Conference Triple Crown
Kiana Quolas was named the Female Athlete of the Year, while Pedro Ribeiro and Lorenzo Taliaferro shared the Male Athlete of the Year award
Cross Country Honors
2014: NCAA Championships Qualifier, All-Southeast Region, Big South Cross Country All-Conference Team, Big South All-Academic Team
2013: Big South Women's Freshman of the Year, Big South Cross Country All-Conference Team
Cross Country Personal Records
5k - 17:14.46 (2014 Greater Louisville Classic)
6k - 20:35.70 (2014 NCAA Southeast Regional)
2014 Cross Country: Qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed in the top half of the field with a 6K time of 21:23.5... Finished 10th in the Southeast Regional meet to earn All-Region honors with new personal-best 6K time of 20:35.70... Earned all-conference honors with a fifth-place finish at the Big South Championships and was named to Big South All-Academic Team... Placed in the top 10 in every regular-season meet, including a win at the Winthrop Invitational, second at the Coastal Carolina Invitational and fourth at the Big South Preview... Clocked personal-best 5K time of 17:14.46 while finishing eighth at the Greater Louisville Classic... Earned Big South Runner of the Week honors on Sept. 23 following victory at Winthrop... President's List.
2014 Outdoor Track & Field: Placed second in the mile at the 2014 Shamrock Invitational with a time of 4:58.64 ... Was named to the 2013-14 Big South Presidential Honor Roll, President's List.
2014 Indoor Track & Field: All-Big South in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, notching runner-up finishes in both events... Broke the 15-year old program record in the 5,000 meters, clocking a time of 16:53.40 at the prestigious Armory Invitational for a fifth-place finish... Ran personal-best of 9:45.69 in the 3,000 at the Big South.
2013 Cross Country: Was named the women's Big South Freshman of the Year and received all-conference honors ... Was named the Big South Runner of the Week in Sept. after winning the Coastal Carolina Invitational ... Ran in all seven meets as a freshman, leading the Chants in two and crossing second for Coastal in four others ... Placed third at the Carolina Challenge with a 5k time of 18:34 ... Won the 5k CCU Invitational, crossing the line in 17:55 ... Crossed second for the Chants, fifth overall, at the Big South Preview in 19:02 ... Finished second for the Chants at the Paul Short Run ... Was the eighth runner to cross at the Blue Ridge Open with a time of 18:19 ... Placed second at the Big South Championship with a 5k personal record time of 17:53 ... Led the Chants at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a personal best 6k time of 21:23... President's List.2013 Outdoor Track & Field: Placed fourth in the 1,500 meters at the Chanticleer Classic with a season-best time of 4:51.53 ... Clocked 10:47.94 in the 3,000 meters and 18:47.74 in the 5,000 meters in only races in those events. 2013 Indoor Track & Field: Had top-10 finishes in all four combined events in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters ... Placed sixth in the 5,000 meters at the Big South Championships and seventh in the 3,000 meters ... Season-bests of 10:10.45 in the 3,000 and 17:52.11 in the 5,000.
At Afrikoonse Hoer Meisieskool: Won the South Africa cross country championship in 2010 ... Competed in South Africa national track & field championships each from 2009-2012 and South Africa Youth Games in 2011 ... Member of South Africa national cross country team in 2012 ... Holds personal-best of 4:43 in the 1,500 meters.