BOONE, N.C.- The Coastal Carolina Women's Cross Country team placed third at the Covered Bridge Open Friday, September 1 with 69 points. Freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) finished first with a time of 18:10 in the 5,000-meter-event, which set a new collegiate course record. CCU finished behind Florida State and Appalachian State with scores of 30 and 53, respectively.
"Julia was excellent," Head Coach Alan Connie said. "I'm very excited with her performance and her setting a new collegiate course record."
The Lady Chanticleers had two runners place in the top five with Viellehner and sophomore Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School ) who placed fifth finishing with a time of 18:35, almost a minute faster than her ninth place finish last year. Three other runners scored points for Coastal in the meet, freshman Theresa Schamberger (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble) finished 14th with a time of 19:29, junior Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) clocked in at the 18th slot with 19:37 and senior Claudia Witte (Warlin, Germany/Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg) crossed the finish line 31st with a time of 20:38. Also running for the Lady Chants placing 53rd with a time of 22:32 was freshman Peggy Busbee (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken).
"Considering we held out three of the projected top six runners that we have, I was pleased with the results of today's race," Connie commented. "This was strong early competition for us with Florida State ranked 16th at the start of the season along with App State and Davidson being strong contenders. I feel that the freshman performed very well in their first collegiate meet. We're going to look to build on this race, we're going to get everyone healthy who didn't compete today and hopefully have another strong season."
The Lady Chanticleer runners return to the course Saturday, September 16 when they host the Coastal Carolina Invitational.