Sept. 17, 2010
CONWAY, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team defended their Coastal Carolina Invitational title for the fourth consecutive year; winning the event with an overall team score of 31. UNC Wilmington finished second with 44 points followed by Libery (58) and South Carolina State (130). Charleston Southern rounded out the top five teams with 153 team points.
UNC Wilmington's Lindsay Ester won the sixth annual event with a time of 18:20.30.
Coastal was able to place all five of their scoring runners in the top ten of the 77 competitor field.
Leading the charge for Coastal was freshman performer Seanna Kautz with a time of 18:31.30. This was Kautz second event as a collegiate and first time leading all Chanticleers across the finish line.
"Seanna ran a strong race despite the tough, humid conditions," said veteran coach Alan Connie. "I am very proud of the way she performed."
Finishing fourth in the meet and second for the Chants was Christian Johnson with a time of 18:43.20. Following Johnson in sixth was Janel Reeves (18:55.20), Emily Marchini (eighth, 19:10.40), and Stephanie Taylor, in her freshman debut, crossed the line in tenth with a time of 19:33.40.
"I was pleased to see the freshmen come out and have top ten performances early in their careers," said Connie.
Rounding out the finishers for the Chanticleers were Jessica Dennison with a season personal best of 19:55.60 and junior Rindi Wood crossing the line in 20:17.60.
"I am very proud of the way we ran," said Connie. "To have our top five finishers in the top ten was great. Our team ran strong and captain, Rindi Wood, provided great leadership."
The women's team will now take the next week to prepare for the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. that will feature some of the top collegiate teams in the country.