Women's Cross Country Claims Sixth at Blue Ridge Mountain Open

Christian Johnson was the top finishing Chanticleer.

Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson

Oct. 14, 2011

Complete Results

BOONE, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team finished sixth in the 21-team field at the 5-kilometer Blue Ridge Mountain Open hosted by Appalachian State on Friday, Oct. 14.

Regionally ranked Furman won the meet with a team score of 56 as runner-up Wake Forest tallied 77 points. High Point finished third with 82 points followed by the host Mountaineers (115) and Campbell (177) to round out the top five. Coastal Carolina (209), Virginia Tech `B' (230), UNC Wilmington (236), Charlotte (240) and IPFW (287) completed the top ten team finishes. Nicole Irving of Wake Forest was the top finisher in the 177 competitor field with a time of 17:43.

Senior Christian Johnson was Coastal's top finisher for the second consecutive meet as she crossed the finish line in 27th with a time of 18:59. Emily Marchini, a sophomore, was the second Chanticleer to finish as she turned in a time of 19:10 to place 34th overall.

Seanna Kautz, running in only her second event of the year, turned in a time of 19:22 to place 47th. Shelby Nicosia (19:33) and Janel Reeves (19:37) wrapped up the Chanticleer scoring as they placed 61st and 67th, respectively.

Also competing were Jessica Dennison and Stephanie Taylor. Dennison completed the course in 19:48 to place 82nd followed by Dennison in 94th with a time of 20:00.

"There are some definite positives we, as a team, can take away from today's race," said head coach Alan Connie. "One goal we had was to improve the split between our first and fifth runner and we were able to do that today.

"We will now take the next two week to train hard for the Big South Championship meet that we are very excited to be hosting."

Up next the Chanticleers will host the 2011 Big South Championships Oct. 29 on the grounds of Quail Creek Golf Club. For complete meet information click here.



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