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Chanticleers Ready for Big South Championship Meet

Oct. 29, 2010

CONWAY- The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s cross country teams have completed the regular season part of their respective schedules and are now heading into the championship stretch starting on Saturday, Oct. 30 with the Big South Conference Championship meet.

The 2010 Big South Championships presented by UCS and Musco Lighting will be hosted by Radford University at the Blacksburg Middle School Course. The women’s 5K race will begi

n at 10:30 a.m. and the men’s 8K will follow at 11:30 a.m. This is the first time since 1998 that Radford has hosted the Championships.

The women’s team has a strong tradition of success at the Big South Championship as the team is vying for the 13th conference championship in 22 years under the leadership of head coach Alan Connie.

Coastal finished third in the 2009 Big South Championship meet behind Liberty and VMI. The Chanticleers were paced by Shelby Donahue in sixth and Janel Reeves in seventh.

The Chanticleers are led by graduate student standout Jamie Brusa who has paced the Chants in each of the three meets she has competed in this season. Brusa started the with an impressive fifth place finish in the Gamecock Open completing the 5k course in 18:17.6, which was only a second shy of her collegiate best of 18:16 as an undergraduate at Illinois. Brusa backed up her performance posting a 22:51.9 in the elite 6k Roy Griak Invitational against some of the top runners in the country followed by an 11th place finish at the 5k Walt Disney World Classic.

Making an impact during her freshman campaign is Seanna Kautz who has led the Chanticleers across the finish line in two meets this season. Kautz impressed with a third place finish in the Coastal Carolina Invitational with a 5k time of 18:31.3 as she led the Chants to a first place finish in the meet for the fourth consecutive year. Kautz most recently was Coastal’s top finisher in the Blue Ridge Open, finishing the difficult 5k course in 18:42.5.

“We are excited about our tradition of success at the Big South Championship meet and the ability of this year’s team,” said Connie. “We have had a strong season to this point, now we are ready to go out and compete for a championship.”

On the men’s side, the Liberty Flames claimed last season’s championship followed by High Point and Coastal. The Chanticleers were led by Jamie McCarthy, Kyle Kling, and Max Hacker in fourth, fifth, and sixth place respectively.

This season it has been Kling leading the Chanticleers in each meet this season. Kling has placed in the top ten in each of the five meets this season including a first place finish at the recent Mount Olive Invitational where he turned in a personal best 15:10 on the 5k course. While leading the Chants across the line, King has turned in a season best 8k time of 25:04.2 at the Blue Ridge Open and 6k time of 19:11.9 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.

Senior John Heron has been the second finishing Chanticleer in three races this season including the Gamecock Open, Blue Ridge Mountain Open, and Mount Olive Invitational. Both junior Rob Delviscio and freshman Cameron Wells have crossed the finish line second for Coastal in one meet each this season. Delviscio’s came at the Coastal Carolina Invitational as he finished the 6k course in 20:14.20, while Wells’ came in a 29:31.91 time on the 8k course at the Big South Preview.

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