Coastal Cross Country Competes at the Paul Short Run

Letitia Saayman and Joseph Keitt paced the Chanticleer women and men.


Letitia Saayman

Letitia Saayman

Oct. 5, 2013

Women's 6k: Results
Men's 8k: Results 

Bethlehem, Pa. - The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s cross country teams each competed in the 40th running of the Paul Short Run on the campus of Lehigh University on Saturday morning. In a meet that featured 30 ranked teams between the two genders, the Chanticleer women placed 38th in the women’s 6k, while the men finished 44th in men’s 8k. 

Men’s 8k – 44th of 47 Teams (1149 points) 

The Chanticleer men placed 44th in the men’s 8k with 1149 points. 

Junior Joseph Keitt led the Chanticleers for the fourth consecutive meet this season. The Columbia, S.C., native crossed the finish line in 25:56 to finish 175th of the 397 runners in the men’s Gold 8k. 

Evan Niciphor finished three spots and two seconds behind Keitt, placing 178th with a time of 25:58. 

For the second consecutive meet, Dan and Jake Riff finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Chants. Dan Riff turned in a 26:24 8k to place 230th, while Jake Riff crossed in 26:42 to finish 262nd. Sophomore Zach Hensel rounded out the Chants’ top five, placing 304th in 27:34. 

Indiana won the team title with 89 points, with Dartmouth (106) and Georgetown (110) finishing second and third, respectively. Senior James Leakos of Harvard was the individual first-place finisher. 

Women’s 6k – 38th of 47 Teams (984 points) 

Sophomore Letitia Saayman paced the Chants for the third time this season, putting together a strong race to finish 51st of the 406 runners in the women’s Gold 6k. Saayman’s 21:27 was a 6k personal best for the Pretoria, South Africa native. 

Saayman’s fellow South African teammate, Kyla van Graan, crossed second for Chants, 171st overall. Van Graan also recorded a 6k personal best, finishing the race in 22:24. 

Senior Emily Marchini came in 30 seconds behind van Graan, placing 224th overall in 22:54. Shelby Nicosia placed fourth for the Chants, 247th overall, in 23:07. Janel Reeves completed Coastal’s top five runners, crossing in 23:36 to finish 291st. 

Georgetown finished with 112 points to claim the team championship, while Dartmouth finished second, edging Villanova 125-167. Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostina, the runner-up at the 2012 NCCA Championships, placed first individually in 19:44. 

The Chanticleer cross country teams will have a two-week break before traveling to Boone, N.C., on Oct. 18 to compete in the Blue Ridge Mountain Open. 

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