Men's Cross Country Gears Up for Big South Championship

The Chanticleers have seen six Big South teams previously this season.

Jamie McCarthy placed fifth in the Big South Championship last year.

Jamie McCarthy placed fifth in the Big South Championship last year.

Oct. 29, 2009

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BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP (sATURDAY, OCTOBER 31): The Coastal Carolina men's cross country team will compete in the Big South Championship on Saturday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. at High Point N.C. In 2008, the Chanticleers finished fourth in the race as current Chanticleers, Jamie McCarthy placed fifth in the race and Kyle Kling placed 12th. The Chanticleers have seen six Big South teams this season and have only lost to High Point in the Blue Ridge Open on Oct. 16.  The highest the Chanticleers have placed under Head Coach Jeff Jacobs' tenure is in 2006 as they were runner-up in the meet. The last time the Chanticleers claimed a Big South Championship was in 1996.

Men's Cross Country Places Fourth in Blue Ridge Open:  The men's cross country team finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Blue Ridge Open, Oct. 16, at Boone, N.C. in a muddy 8k race hosted by Appalachian State.

              The Chanticleers placed ahead of fellow Big South schools, VMI, UNC Asheville, and Radford. However, conference-foe High Point won the open.

              Sophomore Kyle Kling finished first for the Chanticleers placing eighth at 25:25.35. Senior Jamie McCarthy finished in 17th place running his season-best at 25:37.87. Following McCarthy in 37th place was redshirt-junior Max Hacker at 26:08.08. Freshman Jarod Williams ran a personal best time of 26:19.77 placing 51st. Senior Ryan Caputo rounded out the Chanticleers top five at 90th place with a time of 27:07.19.


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.


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.




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