Coastal Cross Country Sweeps Home Meet
CONWAY - Chanticleer freshman Annie Bothma cruised to the individual win on the women's side with a time of 17:00.97. She just missed the record graduated All-American Letitia Saayman set last season (17:00.92). The Citadel's Michael Lantz won the men's individual race with a time of 15:46.
"It was definitely a good start at home," said head coach Jeff Jacobs. "It was really good to have the complete women's team this week. Annie (Bothma) was certainly impressive matching the school record from last season. Aynslee turned in a personal best at this course and Alesia (Muklebust) really stepped up and had a much improved race.
"It was exciting out there. Our women obviously dominated and our top four men ran really well. I'm really proud of the men. Hutson (Baumann) finishing under 16 minutes was huge and we had a good grouping among the top four and freshman Dillon McConnell result was a good improvement. I definitely like the direction the men are going."
Women's 5k | First of Four Teams, 16 Points
The first four runners across the finish line were all Chanticleers. For the third consecutive year, a South African trio took the top three spots for Coastal -- Bothma, Aynslee van Graan (17:30) and Kyla van Grann (18:55), while Alesia Muklebust, who came in 10th in last year's CCU Invitational, improved six places to finish fourth (19:20).
Bothma missed the season opener and was runner in her first collegiate race. The redshirt freshman took control of the race early and came away with a 39-second win.
Aynslee van Grann, a junior, placed third in 2014 and 2015. The year, she shaved nearly a minute off his time from last season to place runner-up (17:39). Her sister, Kyla, won this event in 2013, tallied a pair of runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015 and placed third Friday.
Freshman Alyssa LeClaire, who led the Chanticleers in the season opener with an eighth-place finish, placed sixth with a time of 19:38. All 12 Chants that ran placed among the top 30, Jackie Brengel (20:05) and Kayla Tracy (20:12) placing ninth and 10th, respectively.
UNC Wilmington was runner-up (58 points), followed by The Citadel (73 points) and South Carolina State (98 points). The Division II results were Concord (18) and Coker (45 points).
Men's 5k | First of Four Teams, 27 Points
While Michael Lantz (The Citadel) was the top individual, Coastal Carolina had four runners place among the top 10 to win the Coastal Carolina Invitational with 27 points, followed by The Citadel (40 points), UNC Wilmington (59 points) and South Carolina State (111 points). Concord won the Division II title with 18 points, followed by Coker (52 points) and St. Andrews (60 points).
Coastal's Hutson Baumann (15:54) joined winner Lantz as the only runners to finish under 16 minutes. Josh Small -- CCU's top finisher last season -- placed fourth (16:07) while Andrew Southard (16:26) was seventh and Riaz Taylor (16:27) was ninth.
The Chanticleer cross country teams will return to action on September 23, when they travel to Panorama Farms Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. The meet is scheduled to start at 10 am.