Men's Cross Country Heads To Lexington To Challenge For Big South Title
CONWAY, S.C. - Heading into the 2005 New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Va., the Coastal Carolina mens squad is looking to improve on last years third-place finish. The men have finished third the past two years and have not won the title since the 1996 season.
Second-year Head Coach Jeff Jacobs believes his team is stronger and deeper than the 2004 squad and can finish higher than third. Jacobs also realizes the competition has also grown and become stronger in the Big South.
Team wise we are deeper than last year's third-place team, Jacobs stated. Liberty and VMI have both improved as well, and defending champ High Point is still strong.
Jacobs looks for senior Nelson Oliveira (Coimbra, Portugal/Quintas das Flores) to lead the Chanticleers in Lexington. Oliveira has been the top runner for CCU throughout the 2005 season, including an individual title at the Coastal Carolina Invitational and top ten finishes at the Great American Cross Country Festival and the Furman Invitational. He also has been named the Big Souths Runner of the Week twice during the current season. During the 2004 season, Oliveira was battling injuries and finished 16th in the Big South Championships held in Rock Hill, S.C.
"Nelson is in the best shape of his life and has been healthy all year, Jacobs continued. We are looking for a big finish from him in his final Big South cross country meet.
Jacobs also looks for junior Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) to improve his 10th-place finish from last season. Currie has been CCUs second man in consistently throughout the 2005 season including a second-place finish at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, a 20th-place finish at the Great American Cross Country Festival, and an 11th-place finish at the Furman Invitational.
The mens cross country team will leave Conway, S.C. Friday and head up to Lexington, Va. Competition begins Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.