Churchill and Kosiorek Strike Again at Furman Invitational
Furman Golf Course - Greenville, S.C.
Men's Results (8K): 4th out of 5 Teams (102 Pts)
Men's Top Performer: Crew Kosiorek Finishes 30th (26:13.19)
Women's Results (6K): 3rd out of 5 Teams (80 Pts)
Women's Top Performer: Tori Churchill Finishes 7th (21:54.65)
Up Next: Adidas XC Challenge - WakeMed Soccer Park - Cary, N.C. - Fri, Sep 16
GREENVILLE, S.C. - In its first long-distance races of the season, the College of Charleston cross country program performed admirably against some stiff competition, with the women taking 3rd and the men 4th against Division I schools at the Furman Invitational.
For the second straight week, Tori Churchill led the Cougars with a 7th place overall finish with a personal best time of 21:54.65. That eclipsed her previous best set last year by over 10 seconds, and moved her past Trish Rein's time of 21:57.89 ('13) to make Churchill the fourth-fastest 6K runner in school history. Ellen Feringa placed 16th overall, and she too advanced forward in the history books, passing Kyle Palmquist's mark of 22:31.30 ('03) to make her the 8th-fastest in school history.
Carlee Cassidy was close-behind Feringa in 18th with a time of 22:18.09, and rounding out the scoring behind her came Marissa Small-Towns (23:08.94) in 36th and Hannah Lopez (23:52.57) in 61st. The Cougars' team score of 80 trailed behind Furman (21) and Auburn (47), but more importantly, narrowly eclipsed in-state rival Clemson (82).
"Tori showed up with a purpose, and really proved that at the end when she picked up a few spots down the stretch," head coach Amy Seago said. “Both her and Ellen’s PRs say a lot, because their old marks were on our home course that runs a lot faster than this one. Carlee, Marissa and Hannah all ran gritty races, too.”
On the men's side, it was yet-another strong outing for the lower-classmen. Crew Kosiorek led the way per his usual with a time of 26:13.19 to take 30th, but after him came a slew of three straight freshmen. Hayden DiBona finished hot on Kosiorek's heels with a time of 26:18.45 (32nd overall), while the Beattie brothers finished 54th and 65th with times of 26:49.18 and 27:03.16. Sophomore Grant Gauthier was the fifth Cougar across the finish line with a time of 27:32.74. As a team the Cougars put up 102 points for the fourth place finish. Hosts Furman managed a perfect score of 15 in the win.
"I’m quite pleased with our freshmen," Seago said. “It was their first 8K, and they showed how mentally tough they are. Hayden ran with crew and proved he was ready for the bump in distance, and Sam and Jack really impressed me too. They had a great attitude going in, and I’m convinced that’s a difference-maker. I can’t ask for a more hard-working group.”
The Cougars will be back in action in just six days when they travel to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. for the Adidas XC Challenge on Friday, Sep 16.
Tori Churchill (21:54.65)* - 6th vs. D1 - 7th Overall
Ellen Feringa (22:11.69)* - 13th vs. D1 - 16th Overall
Carlee Cassidy (22:18.09) - 15th vs. D1 - 18th Overall
Marissa Small-Towns (23:08.94) - 23rd vs. D1 - 36th Overall
Hannah Lopez (23:52.57) - 33rd vs. D1 - 61st Overall
Emma Jennings (24:25.80) - 36th vs. D1 - 82nd Overall
Lizzie Parrish (25:23.61) - 38th vs. D1 - 102nd Overall
Mary Kate Brelsford (25:38.51) - 39th vs. D1 - 110th Overall
Kallie Golicher (25:59.97) - 43rd vs. D1 - 121st Overall
Crew Kosiorek (26:13.19) - 18th vs. D1 - 30th Overall
Hayden DiBona (26:18.45)* - 19th vs. D1 - 32nd Overall
Sam Beattie (26:49.18)* - 25th vs. D1 - 54th Overall
Jack Beattie (27:03.16)* - 28th vs. D1 - 65th Overall
Grant Gauthier (27:32.74) - 30th vs. D1 - 79th Overall
Josh Tierney (27:40.90) - 32nd vs. D1 - 86th Overall
Andrew Tyler (28:49.72) - 39th vs. D1 - 135th Overall
Logan Veatch (29:08.54) - 41st vs. D1 - 154th Overall
* - Denotes Collegiate Personal Best