LEXINGTON, VA. Coastal Carolinas womens cross country team and head coach Alan Connie won its fifth straight New Balance Big South Womens Cross Country Championship on Saturday morning, Oct. 29, on the campus of VMI at the Virginia Horse Center.
Senior Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) won her third individual title with a new course record of 17:45. She became only the third Big South women's runner, joining former Coastal runners Catherine Condor (1994-96 and Jolene Williams (1997-98) to win three individual conference championship titles.
The freshmen of Coastal Carolina fared well in their first Big South Championship meet. All three earned All-Conference honors by placing in the top six. Finishing an impressive third in the conference at 18:15 was Saskia Janssen (Schwalmtal, Germany/ St.Wolfhelm Gymnasium). She also was honored with the Rookie/Freshman of the Year award. This is now the fourth consecutive year and eighth year overall that the award has been given to a Chanticleer.
Finishing behind Janssen for CCU was fellow freshmen Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/ Leplery Secondary School) and Estelle Oberson (Geneva, Switzerland/ Emilie-Gourd) in fifth (18:29) and sixth (18:32), respectively in the 5K.
The fifth finisher for the Chanticleers was junior Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J. / Southern Regional), whocompleting the course twelveth at 19:07. Hagler also was on the Big South's All-Academic team for CCU.
Coastal Carolina womens cross country team combined for a total score of 27 points, 20 points ahead of the other eight conference teams. The other finishers in order were Liberty (47), High Point (79), Winthrop (119), VMI (156), Birmingham-Southern (159), UNC Asheville (171) and Radford (222).
At the award ceremony after the race, head coach Alan Connie earned Coach of the Year honors.
The CCU woman will take a week off and return to action on Nov. 12 as it travels to Greenville, N.C., to compete in the the NCAA Southeast Regional.