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Men's Cross Country to Compete in Blue Ridge Open

Six Big South Schools will be competing in the Blue Ridge Open.

Two-time Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week Kyle Kling

Two-time Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week Kyle Kling

Oct. 15, 2009

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MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES IN PAUL SHORT RUN: The men's cross country team completed the Brooks Paul Short Run (8k) in Bethlehem, Pa., Friday, Oct. 2 in the highly competitive gold race. The Chanticleers finished 38th overall out of 42 teams. Indiana grabbed the team title with four of its runners placing in the top eight. Also representing the Big South in the race was VMI, who finished one place behind the Chanticleers in 39th. Sophomore Kyle Kling was the top finisher for the Chanticleers placing 37th with a personal best time of 24:27. Junior Max Hacker crossed the line after Kling in 191st place to earn his second-best time of his career at 25:29. Senior Jamie McCarthy finished with a time of 25:46 in 249th place overall and third for the Chanticleers, and fellow senior Ryan Caputo finished with a time of 25:54 in 268th place. Freshman Jarod Williams rounded out Chanticleer field in 26:26, placing at 337th.

BLUE RIDGE OPEN-OCT.16: The Chanticleers will travel to Boone, N.C. on Friday, Oct. 16 to run in the Blue Ridge Open hosted by Appalachian State at 3:45 p.m. Big South schools High Point, VMI, Radford, Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville will participate in the meet. Last year, the Chants placed 16th out of 26 teams in the race. Jamie McCarthy finished first for the Chanticleers, placing 16th overall. Kyle Kling followed placing 29th in 25:32.

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 rounding 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.

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 TWO-TIME RUNNER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Kyle Kling was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week twice this season for the weeks of Sept. 10 and Oct. 7. Kling won the Gamecock Open (5k) with a 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. Kling earned the accolade a second time when he placed 37th out of 386 in the Paul Short Run with a personal-best time of 24:27, cutting off 44 seconds of his previous 8k time. Kling had the best finish and time of any Chanticleer that has ever participated in the Paul Short Run.

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.

CHANTS WELCOME THREE NEWCOMMERS: The Chanticleers welcome three newcommers to the 2009 squad: Josh Tormasi, Jared Williams, and Spencer Lange.

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: The Chanticleers will compete in the Big South Championship at High Point, N.C., at 10 a.m. on Oct. 31.