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Women's Cross Country Set to Host the Coastal Carolina Invitational

The women will run at 5:30 at Quail Creek Golf Course

Maranie Staab finished second at last year's Coastal Carolina Invitational

Maranie Staab finished second at last year's Coastal Carolina Invitational

Sept. 17, 2009

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Home Sweet Home
The Chanticleers host the Coastal Carolina Invitational for the fifth year. Last season, the Chants won the meet and took the top four finishes with Mia Wyszynski winning the meet with a time of 14:49.96. Maranie Staab finished second at 14:53.19 and Shelby Donahue was right behind at third with a time of 14:56.89. Christian Johnson rounded out the top four for Coastal Carolina finishing with a time of 14:58.95.

They’re Off and Running
The Chanticleers opened its 2009 season on Sept. 4 finishing third at the Gamecock Open hosted by the University of South Carolina

Familiar Faces
Coastal Carolina welcomes back its trio of seniors in Peggy Busbee, Theresa Schamberger and Kathryn Zenowitz. Juniors Joyce Curtin, Shelby Donahue and Maranie Staab all return and sophomores Christian Johnson and Rindi Wood round out the squad.

Three Freshman Look to Make Impact
The Chanticleers roster will include three freshman this year with Jessica Dennison, Emma Hulburd, and Janel Reeves. Reeves was the 2008 Virginia Class AA State Cross Country Champion and Hulburd was named to the 2008 Vermont Division II All-State Cross Country team. Dennison joins them with Indiana All-District Cross Country honors.

On the Schedule
The Chanticleers have a tough schedule ahead. The squad has four 5k races and three 6k races on the 2009 schedule. Coastal Carolina will run 5ks in the season’s first two meets and then again at the Blue Ridge Open and Big South Championships. The Paul Short Run, NCAA Southeast Regional and NCAA Championship are all 6k races.

Chants First in Preseason Poll
After winning the Big South Championship last season, Coastal Carolina garnered 95 points and six first place coaches’ votes to place first in the annual Big South Conference Preseason Poll.

Chants Return Two All-Big South Performers
Junior Maranie Staab and sophomore Christian Johnson return after earning all-conference honors a season ago. At the Big South Championships, Staab finished fourth with a time of 18:46, while Johnson was named Big South Freshman of the Year.

Looking Ahead
The Chants go back on the road for the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. It is the first 6k race of the season.