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Men's Cross Country Heads to Southeast Regional Championships

The meet contains 48 Division I teams and five ranked teams.

Senior Jamie McCarthy highest for the Chanticleers last year in 43rd.

Senior Jamie McCarthy highest for the Chanticleers last year in 43rd.

Nov. 13, 2009

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NCAA SOUTHEAST REGIONAL: The Coastal Carolina men’s cross country team will compete in the Southeast Regional in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. Last year, current senior Jamie McCarthy placed 43rd, the highest for Coastal, with a time of 31:57.9. The team finished 26th in the NCAA qualifier. The highest the team has ever placed was 13th in 2003. The meet will contain 48 Division I teams including five ranked teams: #8 William & Mary, #16 NC State, #19 Virginia, #24 Louisville, #30 Duke (according to ustfccca.org). “We are looking to finish in the top 15 as a team and equal or surpass our highest finish ever in the region,” said Head Coach Jeff Jacobs. “Kling and McCarthy both have a shot at being on the All-Region team.”

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: -The top two teams qualify for the NCAA Championships Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
-The top four individuals, who are not on a qualifying team and finish in the top 25, also qualify for the NCAAs
-The top 25 finishers are named to the All-Region team. Coastal’s last All-Region athlete was Nelson Oliveira in 2005 (22nd).

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES THIRD IN BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: The men’s cross country team placed third at the Big South Championship Saturday morning, Oct. 31 at Winston-Salem, N.C. The Chanticleers finished the race with a total of 59 points, while Liberty won the meet with 33 points and host High Point came in second with 46 points. Placing in fourth overall and first for the Chanticleers was senior Jamie McCarthy at 25:49. Sophomore Kyle Kling followed in fifth place with a time of 25:56 and redshirt-junior Max Hacker placed sixth with a time of 26:10, the highest he’s ever finished in the meet. For their efforts, McCarthy, Kling and Hacker earned All-Conference honors. Kling also garnered honors on the All-Conference Academic Team. Chanticleer senior Ryan Caputo finished with a time of 27:15 in 20th place, finishing 30 places ahead of last year’s result. Freshman Jarod Williams finished with a time of 27:28 in 24th place, rounding out the scoring for the Chanticleers. Josh Tormasi came in sixth for the Chants in 37th place with a time of 28:00, while David Mead finished in 50th place at 29:06. Spencer Lange was the final Chanticleer runner, placing 70th at 31:26. Liberty’s Sam Chelanga won the race and earned All-Big South Runner of the Year. High Point’s Jacob Smith earn the Freshman of the Year accolade. Liberty Head Coach Brant Tolsma was named the Coach of the Year.

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 the 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 on Sept. 18. Senior Jamie McCarthy placed first with a time of 19:13.71, followed by fellow senior Ryan Caputo 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 an 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 44 seconds off of his previous 8k time. Kling had the best finish and time of any Chanticleer that has ever participated in the Paul Short Run.

CHANTS WELCOME THREE NEWCOMMERS: The Chanticleers welcomed three newcomers 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.