CONWAY, S.C. Freshman Saskia Janssen (Schwalmtal, Germany/St. Wolfhelm Gymnasium) and senior Nelson Oliveira (Coimbra, Portugal/Quintas das Flores) won the women's 5k and men's 8k, respectively, as the Coastal Carolina cross country teams hosted their first home event of the season on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Janssen had a time of 18:03.98 in winning her first event of the season. Other Coastal women standouts include fellow freshmen Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School) and Estelle Oberson (Geneva, Switzerland/Emilie Gourd) who placed third and fourth with times of 18:36.21 and 18:39.79, respectively.
Junior Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J./Southern Regional) and sophomore Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) also finished in the top-10 for Coastal with an eighth place (19:42.57) and 10th place finish (20:04.53), respectively.
For the Coastal men, Oliveira won his first event of the season with a time of 25:54.27. Five other Coastal men finished in the top-10 as junior Doug Currie (Sarnia, Ontario/Sarnia Northern) placed second (25:54.70), senior Justin Foxworth (Georgetown, S.C./Georgetown) finished fourth (26:27.07), sophomore Blair Paul (Queenston, Ontario/Sir Winston Churchill) was sixth (27:28.27), sophomore Jake Morris (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) was seventh (27:35.09), senior Korey Larson (Sanbam, N.Y./Niagra Wheatfield (Erie CC) finished ninth (27:43.30) and senior Johnny Mitchell (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) placed 10th (27:57.60).
The women and the men teams both won the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The women had an average time of 19:01.42 in capturing first place while the men had an average time of 26:39.88.
Coastal Carolina's cross country teams next are in action at the Great American Race on September 24 in Cary, N.C.