CHARLESTON, S.C. - After starting off their season at last weekend's WCU Invitational with a rousing success, the College of Charleston cross country program will head west to Greenville Saturday morning for the Furman Invitational.
Tori Churchill, Carlee Cassidy and Ellen Feringa finished 1-2-3 in last weekend's two-mile race en route to the Cougars' dominant first place effort. Crew Kosiorek finished first among his teammates and fourth overall to help lead the men's squad to a third-place finish in the 5K race. Now, the two teams will crank up the distance as the women will run a 6K and the men will run their standard 8K.
The last time the Cougars were in Greenville was two years ago at the Furman Classic, where Mackenzie Johnston took 31st overall in the 8K run with a time of 25:56.28, and Patricia Rein took 23rd (22:37.03) in the 6K. The College finished eighth and sixth respectively. For the men, Kosiorek, Josh Tierney and Andrew Tyler all have experience with Furman's terrain. On the women's side, Churchill, Cara Butcher and Mary Kate Brelsford will all return after making the trek originally in 2014.
Thirty collegiate teams will be present at the Furman Golf Course for the races, including the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Presbyterian, and of course the hosts. The women's race begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the men's race at 9:15 a.m.