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Women's Cross Country Looks to Reclaim Conference Title Saturday

Women's Cross Country Looks to Reclaim Conference Title Saturday

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Week 5 Notes:

Jepchirchir Garners Second Runner of the Week Honor

Senior Diana Jepchirchir picked up her second Choice Hotels Big South Runner of the Week honor on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Jepchirchir paced the Lady Chanticleers by running a Big South 6K record 20:24.6 in the Blue Race at Pre-Nationals and placing sixth, the highest a Big South athlete has finished at Pre-Nationals.

Running With One Shoe?

At the beginning of the Pre-Nationals’ Blue Race, senior Diana Jepchirchir lost her left spike when someone stepped on the back of her shoe. Ironically enough, the same thing happened at the same course to Julia Viellehner at last year’s NCAA Championships.

Championship Time!

The championship season starts this Saturday when the Lady Chants compete at the Big South Cross Country Championships. After finishing second at last year’s championships, Coastal will look to reclaim its crown and earn its sixth Big South Championship in seven years.

Time and Experience Will Tell

Under head coach Alan Connie’s tutelage, Coastal has won the Big South Conference Championship 11 times and nine Lady Chants have claimed the individual crown 13 times. Of those nine, Catherine Conder, Jolene Williams and Anne Marie Moutsinga are the only Coastal runners to claim multiple individual titles with each winning three.

Who’s Racing

Head coach Alan Connie has entered seniors Aubrey Bergquist, Nikki Jasperson and Diana Jepchirchir, juniors Felicitas Mensing and Keli-Jo White, sophomores Peggy Busbee and Theresa Schamberger, redshirt freshman Maranie Staab and freshmen Joyce Curtin and Shelby Donahue into the 2007 Big South Championship Meet.

Final 5K

This weekend’s race will be the final 5K for Coastal this season. Coastal has already competed in three 5K races this season. Here is a look at the top 5K finishers at each race:
Name    Time    Meet

Diana Jepchirchir    18:16    CCU Invitational (Sept. 14)
Felicitas Mensing    18:21    Covered Bridge Open (Sept. 31)
Shelby Donahue    19:38    Low Country Invite "B" (Oct. 13)