Sept. 28, 2012
CHARLOTE, N.C. - Sophomore Evan Niciphor and junior Ryan Beckley set 8K personal bests Friday afternoon as they helped Coastal Carolina's men's cross country finish 18th out of 35 teams at the Charlotte Invitational. The women's side also saw personal bests from senior Jessica Dennison and junior Stephanie Taylor as the lady Chants finished 15th of 33 teams in the women's 6K.
Niciphor led the Chants for the second time this season as his personal best 8K time of 25:23 was enough to claim 31st of 244 runners. Sophomore Joseph Keitt followed his personal record-setting performance at the Winthrop Invitation by crossing second for the Chants in 26:20. Kyle Kling once again finished in the top three for the Chants, crossing the line in 26:54.
Ryan Beckley was the fourth Chanticleer to finish, setting a new 8K personal best with a time of 26:57. Spencer Lange followed Beckley, crossing the line in 27:45, and sophomore Tyler Cummings made his season debut for CCU finishing close behind Lange in 27:58. Freshman Graham Larson rounded out Coastal's seven runners with a time of 29:21.
CCU claimed 18th in the team results with 476 points. Virginia Tech (31), Wake Forest (80) and Davidson (138) were the top three teams. UNC Pembroke's Pardon Ndhlovu took the men's 8K individual title.
Jessica Dennison was the top finisher for Coastal, finishing 50th of 233 overall with a 6K personal record time of 23:00. Junior Emily Marchini, who led the Chants in the first two events this season, crossed close behind Dennison in 23:07. Stephanie Taylor's personal best of 23:11 earned her a third place finish for the Chants, 66th overall.
The women's 347 points were good enough for them to finish in the top half of the field. Clemson finished with 83 points to take the team title while Wake Forest's Nicole Irving claimed the individual title with a time of 20:59.
The next meet for Coastal Carolina's men's and women's cross country teams will take place on Oct. 12, as they travel to Boone, N.C., to compete in the Blue Ridge Mountain Open hosted by Appalachian State.