CofC Classic Winthrop Farm – Rock Hill, S.C. Men's Results (8K): 1st Out of 8 Teams (48 Points) Men's Top Performer: Crew Kosiorek Finishes 2nd Overall (26:25.1) Women's Results (5K):1st Out of 9 Teams (21 Points) Women's Top Performer: Cara Butcher Finished 1st Overall (18:13.5) Up Next: CAA Championship – Laurel Hill Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. – 10 a.m. (M) 11 a.m. (W)
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Even 180 miles from the College of Charleston campus, the Cougar cross country teams both felt right at home at the CofC Classic at Winthrop Farm, as both the men and women claimed first place.
For the fourth time this season, junior Cara Butcher finished first among her teammates, only this time she managed to claim the win the meet individually, and in dominant fashion no less. Butcher crossed the finish line with a time of 18 minutes, 13.5 seconds, over 28 seconds faster than second place.
Carlee Cassidy (18:48.8), Tori Churchill (18:51.4) and Hannah Lopez (18:56.5) finished second, third and fourth among their teammates, finishing in a pack taking third, fourth and fifth overall. Marissa Small-Towns (19:17.1) rounded out the Top 5 with an eighth place finish, marking her second consecutive Top 5 finish of the season.
The women combined for a powerful team score of 21 to win the meet, finishing well ahead of second place Western Carolina (60 Pts).
On the men’s side, Crew Kosiorek finished second overall with a time of 26:25.1, finishing first among his teammates for the fifth straight time this season. Behind him, Colton Hennessey grabbed ninth with a time of 26:58.8, finishing second among his teammates for the third race in a row.
Finishing third among his teammates and tenth overall was senior Tyler Wood, who set a personal best time of 26:59.4. Rounding things out in the Top 5 were Josh Tierney (11th, 26:59.9) and Andrew Tyler (16th, 27:18.13), the latter of whom cracked the Top 5 for the Cougars for the first time this season thanks to a personal best performance.
The men’s effort was just enough to claim first with a score of 48. Western Carolina finished just four points back with 51 points.
“I can’t thank the staff at Winthrop University enough for helping us put on this meet,” said head coach Amy Seago. “With the weather we’ve had, we were in a bad jam, and Coach Paxton and the rest of the good people at Winthrop not only let us use their course, but did a lot of the heavy lifting in putting everything together. Our hats go off to them.”
With the conclusion of the CofC Classic, the regular season is at last at an end. Next up, the Cougars will face off against their CAA rivals in the CAA Championship at Laurel Hill Plantation in Mt Pleasant. That meet is scheduled for Halloween, with the men racing at 10 a.m. and the women racing at 11 a.m.