The Coastal Carolina University mens and women's cross country team both opened up the 2004 seasons with wins at the Roly Poly Invitational hosted by the College of Charleston Sept. 3. The men, running a 5000-meter course, and the women, running a two-mile course, both had plenty of top-10 finishers.
On the mens side, Coastal finished with 25 points, followed by The Citadel with 45, College of Charleston with 52 and Charleston Southern with 111. Junior Nelson Oliveria (Coimbra, Portugal/Qunitas das Flores) won the event with a time of 16:14. Sophomore Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) finished third in a time of 16:19, while junior Johnny Mitchell (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) finished sixth in a time of 16:28. Freshman Blair Paul (South Queenston, Ontario) had a ninth-place finish at 16:43. Junior Mark Heidecker (Waterford, Pa./Cathedral Prep) finished 10th in a time of 16:47. Freshman Jake Morris (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) was 14th in a time of 17:07Junior Randy Johnson (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) was 18th in a time of 17:15.
Both the men's and women's cross country teams travel to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the UNCW Fall Invitational Friday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.