"We are excited to get the season under way," head coach Jeff Jacobs said. "It is always nice to get the first meet out of the way so we are able to see where the guys are and where are strong points will be."
The Chanticleers are coming off fourth place finish at the 2005 New Balance Big South Championships. CCU finished the meet with a total of 81 points. High Point finished just above the Chanticleers with 80 points, while Liberty distanced itself from the field with 26 points to take the team title.
Leading the Chants in 2006 will be senior Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern), who was named to the Big South All-Conference Cross Country team after finishing eighth with a time of 25:53 in 2005. Also leading will be junior Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario/Sir Winston Churchill), who finished 16th at the Big South Championships last season and a fourth in the 10,000 meters at the Big South Outdoor Championships.
Some exciting newcomers will be Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Cork Co., Ireland/North Monastery) who helped the Irish Junior National Team to a silver medal in the 2004 European Cross Country Championships and earned All-Conference honors with a third place finish at the Big South Outdoor Championship in the 5000 meters. Max Hacker (Hazelwood, Mo./Hazelwood West) and John Heron (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) also will be two new incoming freshman to watch this season.
In the preseason polls, the Chanticleers were picked third in the Big South, where they received 126 points out of a possible 162. The favorite in the poll was Liberty, receiving 17 first-place votes and 161 points.