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Men's Cross Country Heads to Southeast Regional Championships

Men's Cross Country Heads to Southeast Regional Championships

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CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina University men’s cross country team is coming off a fourth place finish at the 2008 New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships in Lynchburg, Va. The Chanticleers scored 134 points, improving on their sixth place showing at last year’s Championships.
The Chanticleers now face their first 10k race of the season as they prepare for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship. It is the first-ever NCAA cross country event at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C.

The Chanticleers will be paced by junior Jamie McCarthy (Riverstick, Ireland/North Monastery), the Chanticleers’ top runner all season. At the Big South Championships, McCarthy did not disappoint, running a steady race on a challenging course finishing fifth out of 72 competitors. McCarthy’s time of 25:37.37 earned him a spot on the Big South All-Conference team. McCarthy was also honored for his performance in the classroom, with a Big South All-Academic Team selection.

Freshman Kyle Kling (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) clicked in a time of 26:27.92 to finish 12th, just missing Freshman of the year honors by 20 seconds. Sophomores Kevin Davis (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro Horsham) and Travis Owens (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) had great races at the league championships. Owens stepped up for the Chants in only his second race of the season, helping Coastal Carolina to its fourth-place finish.

Junior Ryan Caputo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), redshirt freshman Rob Delviscio (Morton, Pa./Ridley), and junior David Mead (Columbia, S.C./Ridgeview) have been consistent for the Chanticleers.

Coastal Carolina looks to gain experience at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship and close out the season on a high note Saturday, Nov. 15 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The race is set for noon.

Clocking In with the Chants

Nov. 1 - Jamie McCarthy Picks up Big South Honors: With a fifth-place finish at the 2008 New Balance Big South Conference Championships, Jamie McCarthy earned a spot on the Big South All-Conference team. McCarthy was also named to the Big South All-Academic team.

Nov. 1 - Men’s Cross Country Finishes Fourth at the Big South Championships: Coastal Carolina placed fourth at the 2008 New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships in Lynchburg, Va. The Chanticleers scored 134 points, improving on their sixth place showing at last year’s Championships. The Chanticleers’ top runner was junior Jamie McCarthy who finished fifth out of 72 competitors with a time of 25:37.37. Freshman Kyle Kling crossed the line in 12th place, missing Freshman of the Year honors by three places.

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.