Sept. 15, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University's women's cross country team turned in another good performance Saturday morning as they finished third out of 31 schools in the women's 5K at the Winthrop Invitational/Big South Preview in Rock Hill, S.C. The men also performed well, placing 12th in a field of 27 schools that ran the men's 8K course.
After claiming the individual title at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, Emily Marchini again led the Chants, crossing the line at 18:50 to finish 22nd overall. Jessica Dennison stayed right with Marchini, crossing only two-tenths of a second later to finish 23rd. Freshman Letitia Saaymanfollowed up her second-place finish at the CCU Invitational by crossing third for Chants, 33rd overall with a time of 18:59.
Rounding out Coastal's women's runners were Stephanie Taylor who finished 41st, Seanna Kautz finishing 57th, Shelby Nicosia who crossed 62nd, Jackie Brengel finishing 120th and LaChelsie Thomascrossing 165th.
Appalachian State finished first in the women's team results with 58 points followed by Liberty with 70 points and Coastal with 168 points. Jemeli Sang of USC Upstate claimed the 5K individual title finishing in 17:46.
Leading the Chants for the men was Joseph Keitt who finished 22nd overall and set a new 8K personal record with a time of 25:42. Keitt's previous best was 26:13. Following Keitt was Kyle Kling who placed 24th in 25:45. Evan Niciphor, the Big South Runner of the Week for Sept. 4, crossed third for Coastal, finishing 51st overall with a time of 26:25.
A strong Louisville squad took the team title after finishing with 44 points. Appalachian State and Liberty followed with 72 and 85 points respectively. Coastal finished 12th with 290 points. The men's 8k individual title was claimed by Louisville's Ernest Kibet who crossed in 24:13.
Coastal cross country will return to action Friday Sept. 28 in Charlotte, N.C. for the Charlotte Invitational. The men's 8K will begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by the women's 6K.