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Men's Cross Country Finishes Sixth at Big South Championships

Men's Cross Country Finishes Sixth at Big South Championships

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – The Coastal Carolina men’s cross country team finished in sixth place at the New Balance Big South Conference Championships Saturday morning at Jackson Park, Oct. 27. Despite running without three of their top-seven runners, the Chanticleers totaled 118 points. Senior Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario/Sir Winston Churchill) was named to the All-Conference Team as well as to the league’s All-Academic team for the second year in a row. Paul carries a 3.935 grade point average as a marine science major.

For the third consecutive year, Liberty claimed the championship with 27 total points. Liberty had the meet’s top-three runners for the second consecutive year, as Josh McDougal became the first runner in league history to finish first overall all four seasons.

Paul crossed the line first for the Chants, finishing 10th place overall with a 26:30.6 mark, followed by sophomore Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Cork Co., Ireland/North Monastery) in 11th with time of 26:43.9. Sophomore John Heron (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) placed 24th in 27:33.1, while freshman Kevin Davis (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro Horrsham) finished in 28:29.1 for 36th place. Freshman Travis Owens (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) was 41st overall in 28:39.5. Freshman Mike Kimmel (Dilsburg, Pa./Northern) recorded a personal best in 28:40.4 for 42nd place, while freshman David Mead (Columbia, S.C./Ridgeview) finished 52nd with a 30:09.7 time.

Coastal next competes at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Louisville, Ky.

Runner of the Year: Josh McDougal, Liberty

Freshman of the Year: Casey Lyons, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Tamas Kovacs, High Point

Coach of the Year: Brant Tolsma, Liberty

2007 Big South All-Conference Team:
Josh McDougal,  Liberty
Jordan McDougal, Liberty
Jarvis Jelen,  Liberty
Jesse Cherry,  High Point
Tamas Kovacs, High Point
Josh Edmonds, Liberty
Trevor Beesley, Winthrop
Brad Orr, Winthrop
Dawitt Legesse, Radford
Blair Paul, Coastal Carolina

All-Academic:
Tamas Kovacs, High Point
Josh Edmonds, Liberty
Blair Paul, Coastal Carolina
Trevor Beesley, Winthrop
Ben Switzer, VMI
Joel Quirk, UNC Asheville
Lee Bradshaw, Radford