Women's Cross Country Finishes Runners-Up at Big South Championship

Emily Marchini

Emily Marchini

Oct. 30, 2010


BLACKSBURG, Va.- The Coastal Carolina women's cross country team finished as the runners-up in the 2010 Big South Championship meet presented by UCS and Musco Lighting hosted by Radford University at the Blacksburg Middle School Course.

Liberty took home the team championship by winning the meet with 39 points followed by Coastal with 64, and VMI with 71.  High Point and UNC Asheville rounded out the top five with 72 and 141 points respectively.   Liberty's Jennifer Klugh won the 5k meet setting a course record in the process turning in an impressive 17:54.

Earning All-Big South honors by placing in the top ten of the76 runner field were Emily Marchini, Jamie Brusa, and Christian Johnson.

Marchini led the Chanticleers for the first time this season finishing in 18:31 good for seventh place.  Right on the heels of Marchini was Brusa in eighth with 18:32.  Finishing third for Coastal was Johnson in tenth, earning her second consecutive All-Big South honors, crossing the line in 18:38.  Janel Reeves and Seanna Kautz concluded the team scoring for the Chants placing 11th and 29th with times of 18:44 and 19:22 respectively.

Also gaining valuable championship experience were freshman Stephanie Taylor and sophomore Jessica Dennison.  Taylor turned in a 19:38 while Dennison impressed with a 19:46.

"I am very proud of the way our young team performed and competed with a very good conference field today," said head coach Alan Connie.  "Today provided a good amount of momentum and experience heading into the NCAA Southeast Regional in two weeks.

"My hat is off to Liberty for putting together a great race today from top to bottom to earn the Big South Championship."

In addition to Reeves finishing 11th, one spot from All-Conference honors, she was also named to the Big South All-Academic team.

The Chanticleers will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 13 as the team travels to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional. 

Team Results
Liberty- 39
Coastal Carolina- 64
V.M.I.- 71
High Point- 72
UNC Asheville- 141
Gardner-Webb- 189
Winthrop- 202
Charleston Southern- 216
Radford- 232

All-Big South Conference Team
Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
TammY Cheung, V.M.I.
Dacia Bushman, Liberty
Hailey Neal, Liberty
Emily Webb, High Point
Hannah Granger, V.M.I.
Emily Marchini, Coastal Carolina
Jamie Brusa, Coastal Carolina

Melanie Kulesz, Unc-Asheville
Christian Johnson, Coastal Carolina

2010 Runner of the Year

Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
2010 Freshman of the Year

Tammy Cheung, VMI

2010 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
2010 Cross Country All-Academic Team
Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
Emma Bussard, UNC Asheville
Corinne Lariviere, VMI
Laura Scott, Gardner-Webb
Janel Reeves, Coastal Carolina
Kelsey Hunt, High Point
Adrienne Cuff, Charleston Southern
Hannah Scheren, Radford
Natalie Parkman, Presbyterian College
Jennifer Schofield, Winthrop
Coach of the Year
Brant Tolsma, Liberty



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