Sept. 30, 2009
CHANTICLEERS WIN THE HOME INVITATIONAL: The Coastal Carolina men’s cross country team placed 1-2-3 to earn its second consecutive first-place finish at the fifth annual 6k Coastal Carolina Invitational today (Sept. 18). Senior Jamie McCarthy placed first with a time of 19:13.71, followed by fellow senior Ryan Caputo nearly 32 seconds later, with junior Max Hacker rounded out the top three with a time of 20:03.10. Coming in seventh with a time of 20:30.51 was freshman Jarod Williams while junior David Mead finished 14th with a time of 21:25.03. Rounding out the field for the Chanticleers was Spencer Lange with a time of 22:34.19. Coastal had the average time of 20:11.52. Finishing in second was The Citadel, and in third the Coastal Alumni. Placing fourth was Francis Marion with Limestone and South Carolina State rounding out the field.
PAUL SHORT RUN-OCT. 2: The Chanticleers will travel to Lehigh University to enter in the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. on Oct. 2. This is the third consecutive year that the Chanticleers have participated in the meet. The field for the Paul Short Run will consist of 39 teams. Among the field there are two teams that are ranked nationally, #7 Iona and #19 North Carolina State. Big South Conference foe VMI will also be participating in the meet.
CHANTICLEERS WIN THE GAMECOCK OPEN: For the second year in a row, the Coastal Carolina University men’s cross country team won the opening meet of the season, capturing the team title at the Gamecock Open 5k with five of the seven Chanticleers finishing in the top eight. Sophomore Kyle Kling claimed the individual crown with a time of 15:19.39. Not far behind was freshman Jarod Williams, who finished third with a time of 15:42.74. Last year’s Gamecock Open winner, senior Jamie McCarthy finished fourth overall with his time of 15:44.40. Redshirt junior Max Hacker finished sixth overall at 15:55.27 and freshman Josh Tormasi followed at seventh with a time of 15:56.52. Senior Ryan Caputo finished with a personal-best time of 16:11.12 to put him in 12th place and redshirt junior David Mead rounded out the team coming in 35th with a time of 17:28.47.
KLING BIG SOUTH RUNNER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Kyle Kling was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week announced by the League office on Sept. 10. Kling won the Gamecock Open with a 5k time of 15:19.39 Friday, Sept. 4 in Columbia, S.C. He was ahead of his opponent by 22 seconds and improved his time from last year’s competition by 44 seconds. The race was a career-best time and finish for Kling. He also led the Chanticleers to win as a team for the second-consecutive year with 21 points.
2008 HIGHLIGHTS: The CCU cross country team registered strong performances throughout the 2008 season, claiming one first place finish in the Gamecock Open with McCarthy and Kling finishing in first and second place. The team also finished fourth in the Big South Conference and 26th in the NCAA Southeast Regional.
COASTAL SELECTED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Coastal Carolina was picked to finish fourth in the Big South Conference. Liberty was picked to repeat a fifth conference title, receiving all eight first-place votes. The preseason poll is voted on by the league’s coaches.
UP NEXT: On October 16 the Chanticleers will travel to the Blue Ridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University 8k at Boone, N.C.