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Women's Cross Country Season Wrap-up

Women's Cross Country Season Wrap-up

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Chanticleers Take 19th at Regionals
The Coastal Carolina University women’s cross country team participated in the 2008 NCAA Southeast Regional, coming in 19th place in the 6k race that had 232 participants. Freshman Christian Johnson was the top overall finisher for Coastal Carolina, coming in 77th place with a time of 22:41.7, while Maranie Staab finished right behind Johnson in 78th place with a time of 22:43.6.

Coastal Carolina Earns 12th Team Title,Trio Earns All-Conference Honors
The Chanticleers captured their 12th Big South Championship in program history on Nov. 1. The Chants were paced by a trio of runners that cracked the top 10 in redshirt freshman Mia Wyszynski, redshirt sophomore Maranie Staab and freshman Christian Johnson. Coastal Carolina (54 points) managed to narrowly defeat Liberty (55 points), and High Point (58 points) to capture the crown.

Staab Repeats
For the second consecutive season, Maranie Staab earned All-Big South honors after turning in an impressive 18:46 in the 5k race, earning her fourth place. The Pennsylvania native entered the meet as Coastal Carolina’s top returning runner after finishing ninth at last season’s meet.

Johnson Earns Top Freshman Honors
With her seventh-place finish at the Big South Conference meet. Christian Johnson took home the 10th Freshman of the Year honor in the storied history of Coastal Carolina cross country. Coastal Carolina has now had 10 of the last 15 Freshman of the Year awards, with the most recent coming in 2006 as Julia Viellehner earned the distinction. Prior to 2006, Coastal Carolina had won five consecutive Freshman of the Year honors.

Connie Makes it a Dozen
Head Coach Alan Connie has now led his team to 12 Big South Cross Country titles in his 23 years as the head man of the Chanticleer program, and has 12 Big South Coach of the Year honors to match.

Schamberger Makes the Grade
Performance on the course is always a priority for any team, but excelling in the classroom is a standard that Coastal Carolina has become accustomed to. This was never more evident than junior Theresa Schamberger making the Big South All-Academic team after achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom. A returning All-Big South runner from a year ago, Schamberger fought off injuries all season to turn in a solid time of 20:16 to place 25th at the Big South meet.

Good Things Come In Threes
The Big South team championship was not only the crowning achievement of Coastal Carolina’s season, it was the third overall team win this season. The Chants had previously ran away with team titles in the Coastal Carolina Invite (Sept. 13) and the Big South Preview (Sept.20).

Connie on the Season
“It was a very rewarding season. Coming into the season, knowing we had graduated our top two runners, one an All American, we knew we had a lot of work to do.  Our athletes bonded together, dedicated themselves, and the result was a Big South Championship.  Knowing that our entire top seven returns, bodes very well for the future.”