The Coastal Carolina Universitys womens cross country team and head coach Alan Connie head to Lehigh, Pa. to compete in the Paul Short Run, September 29, for their third meet this season.
Coastal will be competing against 35 other teams in a 6K race that starts at 2:45 p.m. The following teams will be participating:
Mount St. Marys
Roberts Wesleyan (NAIA)
Coastal also has four runners competing in the Womens Open which starts at 4 p.m.
Viellehner Gets Honors...
Julia was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Womens Cross Country Runner of the Week for September 20. In her first two collegiate races, she set two new course records and finished first in both races.
Good News from the NCAA...
Junior transfer, Diana Jepchirchir (Kampala, Uganda/University of New Orleans) has been declared eligible and ready to compete in this weeks Paul Short Run. Jepchirchir competed in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field at the University of New Orleans where she was the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Champion with a time of 17:24.98. In 2005, she was also named Sun Belt Runner of the Year. Jepchirchir finished 24th at the NCAA South Region Championship which earned All-Region honors.
Full Speed Ahead...
This weekend the Lady Chanticleers will be running at almost full strength. After fighting off several injuries and sickness, Coach Connie has his top six runners ready to race.
Viellehner Gets Two...
Freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) won her second straight meet and set another course record. At the CCU Invitational, Sept. 16, she won her second straight race in her first collegiate season, setting a new course record of 17:28.68 to defeat runner-up Cassie King of North Carolina by over 15 seconds. In her first collegiate meet, the Covered Bridge Open, Viellehner finished first with a time of 18:10 in the 5,000-meter-event, which set a new collegiate course record.
The Coastal Carolina women split the results at the 2006 CCU Cross Country Invitational, held at Quail Creek Golf Course, Sept. 16. In the meet scored as a double dual, the Lady Chanticleers defeated East Carolina 19-37 and lost to North Carolina 24-35.
Freshman Julia Viellehner won her second straight race in her first collegiate season, setting a new course record of 17:28.68 to defeat runner-up Cassie King of North Carolina by over 15 seconds. Sophomore Felicitas Mensing was next for Coastal at fourth in 18:15.58, while freshman Theresa Schamberger was seventh at 19:02.86. Claudia Witte placed 13th at 19:39.49, Danielle Hagler placed 14th at 20:00,
senior Nikki Jasperson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) placed 19th at 20:22.30, Peggy Busbee clocked in at 21:18.53 notching 24th place and Kathryn Zenowitz (Groton Long Pt, Conn./Robert E. Fitch Senior High School) placed 26th with a time of 21:31.49.
Covered Bridge Open...
The Coastal Carolina womens cross country team placed third at the Covered Bridge Open Friday, September 1 with 69 points. Freshman Julia Viellehner won 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.
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. She finished 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 with a time of 20:38.
Senior Claudia Witte (Warlin, Germany/Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg) crossed the finish line 31st. Also running for the Lady Chants placing 53rd with a time of 22:32 was freshman Peggy Busbee (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken.
Do I Hear Six in a Row?...
Leading CCU as it attempts to capture its sixth consecutive Big South Championship title is senior captain Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J./ Southern Regional), who completed the 6k course 97th at 22:50 in the Southeast Regional meet last season. Sophomore Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/ Leplery Secondary School) comes off an impressive freshman campaign, placing fifth at the Big South Championships and 37th at the Southeast Regional at 21:28, as well as notching 2005 All-Big South Honors.
Domination in the Big South....
Coastal Carolina Universitys womens cross country squad has been chosen first in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Cross Country Coaches and Sports Information Directors and announced today by the Conference office.
Coastal Carolina has been picked to win its sixth-straight Big South womens cross country title, receiving 13 first-place votes and 157 out of a possible 162 points. The Lady Chants, which have claimed a Big South-record 11 championships, finished 16 points ahead of second-place Liberty.
The 2005 Big South cross country season begins Friday, Sept. 1. The New Balance mens and womens cross country Conference Championship is slated for Saturday, Oct. 28, and will be hosted by Charleston Southern University.