Oct. 15, 2010
BOONE, N.C.- The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team finished ninth of 18 teams while the men placed 16th of 18 teams in the Blue Ridge Open hosted by Appalachian State at the State Farm Fields in Boone, N.C.
The women's 5k race was won by ninth ranked Duke with 23 total team points. Virginia Tech (63) and Mississippi State (127) finished second and third respectively. Duke's Carly Seymour won the meet with a time of 17:15.
The Chants, who were without top runners Jamie Brusa and Janel Reeves, finished the meet with 265 points finishing ahead of Big South Conference foe Gardner-Webb.
Freshman Seanna Kautz led the Chanticleers for the second time this season as the 31st collegiate finisher in the field of 166 with a time of 18:42.5. Closely behind Kautz were freshman Emily Marchini (18:48.3) in 33rd and junior Christian Johnson (18:55.5) in 37th.
Rounding out the scorers for Coastal were Jessica Dennison and Rindi Wood with times of 19:11.4 and 20:10.4. Also competing for the Chants on the day were Stephanie Taylor and Emma Hulburd crossing the finish line in 20:11.4 and 20:54.1 respectively.
Host school Appalachian State won the men's 8k race with 59 points followed by High Point with 63 and Virginia Tech with 108. High Point's Neal Darmody won the event with a time of 24:35.
Leading the charge for the Chanticleer men's team was junior Kyle Kling as the fourth collegian and eighth competitor overall to cross the finish line in the 157 runner field with a time of 25:04. The finish was the best for Kling at the 8k distance this season and a 21 second improvement on his time at last year's Blue Ridge Open.
"This was Kyle's best race of the season," said head coach Jeff Jacobs. "He finished with a great time on a challenging, windy course and established himself as one of the top runners in the Big South."
John Heron finished second for the Chants in 27:50. Personal 8k records were turned in by Cameron Wells finishing in 27:56, Andre Enoch (29:21), and Spencer Lange (29:49).
As a team, the Chants finished ahead of conference rivals Radford, who bested the team in the Big South Preview, and Gardner-Webb.
Both teams will travel to Blacksburg, Va. on Saturday, Oct. 30 to compete in the Big South Championship hosted by Radford.