Aug 30, 2013
Columbia, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team started the 2013 season in a winning fashion, taking first place in the women's 5k at the Carolina Challenge hosted by the University of South Carolina on Friday. In the male 5k that followed, the Chanticleer men finished third of the eight teams.
The women's team, led by sophomore Letitia Saayman, placed five of its seven runners in the top 20 in the individual standings and finished with 39 points. Saayman clocked a 5k personal best time of 18:06.28 to finish in first place overall. Senior Emily Marchini crossed behind Saayman in 18:28.67 to finish second, and freshman Kyla van Graan impressed in her Coastal debut by placing third overall in 18:34.93.
Crossing fourth for the Chants, and 16th overall, was senior Shelby Nicosia with a time of 19:39.56. Directly behind Nicosia in 17th place was Emma Hulburd who crossed in 19:41.87. Rounding out the Chanticleer runners were Janel Reeves (27th / 20:22.47) and LaChelsie Thomas (39th / 21:14.58).
South Carolina finished second in the team standings with 41 points and College of Charleston placed third with 84 points.
Junior Joseph Keitt, a 2012 all-conference team honoree, paced the Chants with a time of 15:40.47 to place second overall. Fellow junior Evan Niciphor followed, finishing at No. 10 in 16:15.42. Senior Ryan Beckley crossed close behind, turning in a time of 16:29.91 to place 15th.
Freshman Elijah Shaw performed well in his first meet as a Chanticleer, coming in at No. 22 with a time of 16:48.46. Sophomore Zach Hensel finished right on the heels of Shaw at No. 24, crossing the line in 16:49.89. Junior Tyler Cummings posted a 16:56.08 to finish at No. 32, and senior Cameron Wells came in at No. 40 in 17:30.70.
College of Charleston junior Adam Seften won the men's 5k with a time of 15:34.91. Davidson claimed the team title by a large margin with 35 points, followed by College of Charleston with 64 and Coastal Carolina with 69.
The Chanticleer men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Sept. 13 when they host the annual Coastal Carolina Invitational at the Hackler Golf Course. The women's 5k will begin at 6 p.m. with the men's 5k to follow.