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Men's Cross Country Ready for Big South Championship

Men's Cross Country Ready for Big South Championship

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CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina heads to Lynchburg, Va., to compete at the 2008 New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships. The Chanticleers placed fourth at the Big South Conference Preview (Sept. 20), but each runner has improved since that race. The Chanticleers look to be peaking at the right time with the 2008 New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships set for Saturday, Nov. 1. The men’s 8k race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

 

Junior Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Ireland/North Monastery) leads the Chanticleers into the 2008 New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships. McCarthy ran a season-best 24:58 at the Brooks Paul Short Run (Oct. 3). He ran 26:19.1 at the Big South Conference Preview to finish third in a field of 51 runners. McCarthy grabbed the top spot at the Gamecock Invitational (5k) with a time of 15:41.46, earning Big South Runner of the Week honors.

 

Freshman Kyle Kling (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) continues to impress, posting a career best time of 25:11 at the Brooks Paul Short Run. He ran a steady race at the Big South Conference Preview, earning 10th place (26:50.0) and will be hunting for a spot on the All-Conference team. Kling’s top finish came at the Coastal Carolina Invitational (6k), where he nabbed second place with a time of 19:03, edging out McCarthy who took the third spot.

 

Sophomore Kevin Davis (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro Horsham) has been solid all season, recording a season best time of 27:43 at the Brooks Paul Short Run. Junior Ryan Caputo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) finished with a time of 29:43.8 at the Big South Conference Preview.

 

Redshirt freshman Rob Delviscio (Morton, Pa./Ridley) is coming off a personal best at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open, where he crossed the line at 28:23. Junior David Mead (Columbia, S.C./Ridgeview) had his best showing this year at the Brooks Paul Short Run clicking in at 28:34. Sophomore Travis Owens (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) competed for the first time this season at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open and ran 29:24 in his first race.

 

Take a look at the top runners (8k) in the Big South this season…

 

Charleston Southern

Andrew King ran a season-best 27:01.97 to finish fifth at the Citadel Invitational. King was also named to the Big South Runner of the Week Sept. 17 after winning the Coastal Carolina Invitational. King finished 16th at the Big South Conference Preview (27:37.90).

 

Gardner-Webb

Freshman Nick Kelly had a great showing over the 8k course at the Blue Ridge Open, posting a personal-best of 26:33.

 

High Point

Jesse Cherry ran to a time of 24:44 to finish eighth at the Blue Ridge Open. Josh Morgan and Anthony Berkis are also running well for the Panthers with season-best times of 26:14 and 25:45, respectively.

 

Liberty

Liberty is a heavy favorite after winning the past three Championships. Jordan McDougal and Josh Edmonds earned the top two spots at the Big South Championship Preview, which featured seven of the 10 cross country teams in the Big South. Sam Chelanga enters the race as the top runner for the Flames with a record-breaking performance at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. Chelanga’s winning time of 22:51.3 in the men’s 8k White race broke the course, meet, school and Big South 8k records. Chelenga has won all three of his races this season and earned Big South Runner of the Week honors each time.

 

Presbyterian

Nicholas Baer has led the Blue Hose all season. He posted his career-best 27:38 in the 8k and finished second overall at the Blue Hose Invitational. Matt Morrisette and Hunter Barnhardt have also run consistently for the Blue Hose.

 

Radford

The Highlanders placed fifth at the Big South Conference Preview meet with Dawitt Legesse finishing 12th (27:14.10). Joel Hanlon was 21st with a time of 27:48.60 and Liam Arocho placed 26th with a time of 28:49. Legesse recorded the best time for the Highlanders this season, clicking in at 25:29 at the Blue Ridge Open.

 

UNC Asheville

Andrew Burnette led the way for the Bulldogs at the Louisville Invitational with a 92nd place finish (25:36.38) in a field of nearly 300 competitors.

 

VMI

Ermin Mujezinovic placed 98th overall at the Brooks Paul Short Run with a time of 25:09 in the event’s Brown 8K race.

 

Winthrop

Casey Lyons ran a season-best 25:35 at the Winthrop Invitational. Gaines Bailey clicked in at 25:42 for the Eagles at the Louisville Invitational.

Last Season at the Big South Championship: The Chanticleers finished sixth at the 2007 New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships (Oct. 27). Despite running without three of their top-seven runners, the Chanticleers totaled 118 points. Blair Paul, a 2008 graduate, crossed the line first for the Chants, finishing 10th place overall with a 26:30.6 mark, followed by Jamie McCarthy in 11th with time of 26:43.9. John Heron placed 24th in 27:33.1, while Kevin Davis finished in 28:29.1 for 36th place. Travis Owens was 41st overall in 28:39.5. David Mead finished 52nd with a 30:09.7 time.

 

Clocking In With the Chants

 

Oct. 17 - Men’s Cross Country Finishes 16th at Blue Ridge Mountain Open: The Coastal Carolina University men’s cross country team earned 16th overall out of 26 teams at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open (8k) in Boone,, N.C., Friday, Oct. 17. North Carolina won the meet with a team score of 43, while the Chanticleers earned 471 points. Junior Jamie McCarthy finished 16th in a field of 210 runners. McCarthy clicked in at 25:07, more than a minute faster off his performance last season on the same course. Freshman Kyle Kling was close behind, finishing 29th with a time of 25:32.

 

Oct. 3 - Men’s Cross Country Completes Brooks Paul Short Run: The Chanticleers finished 39th overall out of 45 teams, with only five of their nine runners competing in the race. Junior Jamie McCarthy was the top runner for the Chants for the fourth time this season, earning 80th place with a time of 24:58. Freshman Kyle Kling was next to cross the line with a personal best of 25:11. Kling’s run was among the fastest times in Chanticleer history, with only McCarthy and former Chant Doug Currie besting his time. The Chanticleers registered three personal bests on the day from Kling, redshirt freshman Rob Delviscio (28:32) and junior David Mead (28:34).

 

Sept. 20 - Men’s Cross Country Finishes Fourth at the Big South Conference Preview: The Coastal Carolina University men’s cross country team scored 108 points for a fourth-place finish at the Big South Conference Preview (8k) in Lynchburg, Va., Saturday, Sept. 20. The Chanticleers had two runners finish in the top-10 in a field of 51 competitors. Junior Jamie McCarthy ran a solid race, taking third place with a time of 26:19.1.  Freshman Kyle Kling ran an impressive 26:50.0, placing 10th in his first 8k race as a Chanticleer.

 

Sept. 13 - Men’s Cross County Earns Second Place at the Coastal Carolina Invitational: The Chanticleers took two of the top three spots, as freshman Kyle Kling finished second just ahead of junior Jamie McCarthy. The Chanticleers were second overall with a team score of 42, just behind UNC Wilmington who earned 39 points and the title.

 

Sept. 4 - McCarthy Earns Big South Runner of the Week: Junior Jamie McCarthy was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotel Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. McCarthy finished first at the Gamecock Invitational, clicking in at 15:41.46. The Chanticleers claimed the team title with 22 points, ahead of Mercer (43 points) and Presbyterian (84 points).

 

Aug. 29 - Men’s Cross Country Tops the Field at the Gamecock Invitational: The Chanticleers had six runners finish in the top 12 to win the Gamecock Inivitational. Junior Jamie McCarthy topped the field finishing in a time of 15:41.46 to claim the individual title, while freshman Kyle Kling placed second with a time of 16:03.05. Redshirt freshman Rob Delviscio ran 16:41(5th) in his first race, edging out sophomore Kevin Davis who crossed the line at 17:02.21(6th). David Mead ran 17:12.30 (8th) while junior Ryan Caputo finished with a time of 17:28.59 (12th).

 

Aug. 26 - Coastal Carolina Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll: The Coastal Carolina men’s cross country team was picked to finish fourth in the Big South Conference, as voted on by the league’s coaches. Liberty, the three-time Big South Conference champions, earned the top spot with nine first-place votes and 99 out of a possible 100 points.