CHARLESTON, S.C. - Even though the temperature is dropping this fall, College of Charleston cross country program looks to keep its hot-streak alive and continue to set personal bests this Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regionals at Panorama Falls in Charlottesville, Va.
Seven student-athletes from both the men and women's teams will make the trek north to compete on the regional stage. The women’s team comes off a historically successful meet at the CAA Championships on Halloween. They finished fourth overall, which is the best finish at a conference meet that the College has ever had. Headlining the outstanding team effort, every Top 5 finisher for the Cougars entered themselves into the CofC record books as each of them achieved top-ten all-time performances.
Junior Cara Butcher has led the College all year long, culminating with the College’s fourth ever women’s cross country All- Conference selection by way of a ninth place finish (21:08.4).
Alongside Butcher in the trio of top performers are Carlee Cassidy and Tori Churchill, who have both managed to finish inside the top four among their teammates in all six meets this season.
Also of note, freshman Ellen Feringa, comes fresh off the best meet of her collegiate career knocking a whopping 91 seconds off of her 6K time (22:33.2) to finish fourth among her teammates at the conference meet, punching her ticket to Charlottesville in the process.
The men meanwhile will be challenged with the longest course they’ve seen all year as the regional meet will be a 10K affair.
Crew Kosiorek has led the team from start to finish this season, finishing first for the Cougars in every single meet. Most recently, the sophomore pulled off a 17 place finish at the CAA Championships in Mt. Pleasant with a time of 25:40.7, just over a second off of his personal best.
Fellow sophomore Colton Hennessey has been just behind Kosiorek for the past month finishing second among his teammates for the fourth straight meets. Junior Josh Tierney and senior Tyler Wood look to get in the scoring mix as well.
For fans wishing to experience the action live, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will be providing a national results wall log live blog, which can be found at this link. The women's race will begin at noon and the men's race will follow suit at 1 p.m.