Menís Cross Country Adds Four in Offseason
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s cross country team added four runners in the offseason, as head coach Amy Seago looks to expand the roster heading into the 2016 campaign.
“We added a lot of depth this year, which is going to be huge for us. We battled injuries last season, and not having enough healthy bodies hurt us. Being able to send in fresh bodies who can get the job done late in the season will be key.”
Sam Beattie (left) and Jack Beattie (Right)
The Beattie twins come to the College out of Bluffton, S.C., having attended 3A institution Hilton Head H.S. The two helped lead the Seahawks to multiple team championships, and both were decorated with five All-State nods between the two of them. Sam boasts the faster times in the middle distances, while Jack has the edge on his brother in the 10K with a personal best time of 35 minutes, 44 seconds.
“We have a long standing history of recruiting kids from Hilton Head who’ve gone on to do well in the program, like Mackenzie Johnston,” Seago said. “The Beatties are used to running high mileage, so we know they’re durable. I’ve heard nothing but great things about them from Coach (Max) Mayo, and I feel like they can contribute on both on the track as well as with their mentalities.”
Peirce comes to the College from Centennial High School, a 3A institution in Champaign, Ill. His success in racing came early and often, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 as a freshman, followed by a team MVP award as a junior. He helped lead the Chargers to back-to-back sectional championships as a sophomore and junior, and earned All-Conference acclaim by clocking a 15:50 in the three-mile run. In addition to his success in cross country, he’s also an accomplished swimmer with a 1st Team All-Area nod under his belt. What’s more, he’s done it all while excelling in the classroom, graduating with a 3.3 GPA.
“Evan’s going to come to us as a developmental project,” Seago said. “He’s been dealing with some issues with his shins, so we’re going to focus on taking the time to get him stronger. I think down the line, he’s poised to really excel in the longer distances, the 10K in particular.”
Hailing from Leesburg, Va., Silverman graduated with a 3.56 GPA from 5A institution Tuscarora High School. He helped his squad to three track & field team championships, as well as another three 5A State championships in cross country, earning All-American honors in 2013 for his work in the 800m, mile and two-mile. Not only that, Silverman qualified for the junior Olympics in the 4x800m, and won multiple All-Conference and All-Region nods. He holds personal best times of 2:04 in the 800m, 4:41 in the mile, and 16:11 in the 5K
“Jarred’s an impressive young man,” Seago said. “He wanted to be at the College of Charleston so badly, and he turned over every leaf to make that happen. I really admire his optimism and grit that he uses to achieve his goals, and I think we’ll see a lot of that on display at the athletic side of things.”
The four freshmen will join fellow newcomer Hayden DiBona, who joined in the early signing period last November. All told, the men’s roster will go 11 deep in 2016 as opposed to the eight-man squad last year.