KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – The Charlotte men’s and women’s cross country teams turned in another solid showing, finishing second and fifth respectively at the Wake Forest Invitational Friday in Kernersville, N.C. at Beeson Park.
The men took second with 87 points in a field of 18 total teams for a 8K, and the women recorded 135 points en route to fifth place of 17 on a 6K.
“I’m very pleased with the way we ran,” coach Alex Gibby said. “On the men’s side, we’re really good through the first four spots; we’ve got guys running considerably better than Charlotte has had in a long time. We did some things really well that we got to work on with being in a bigger field that we didn’t get to do at the Charlotte Invite, and that’s a good indicator for us."
“On the women’s side, it’s actually a far more impressive performance because of where we were a year ago at this time,” Gibby continued. “We need to a do a little bit better job of executing at the beginning of the race- we’re still giving up a little too much ground- but if you look at it from a depth perspective at the three, four, and five spot, we are really running well. Ashleigh [Handchen] and Caroline [Sang] both ran outstanding races, and Rachel [Miller] was dealing with some issues and still managed to do very well for us.”
On the men’s side, the ensemble of seniors Ben Sterett and Michael Tamayo, sophomore Daniel Beamer, and redshirt freshman Tom Nobles continued to excel, as all four placed in the Top 30. Sterett led the crew with a 16th place finish at 25:24.90, shaving more than 10 seconds off his time from the Charlotte Invitational in September.
Nobles was closely behind, coming in 18th at 25:27.50 . Tamayo shattered his personal record by more than 30 seconds, clocking in at 25:31.99 (22nd place), and Beamer collected a 27th place finish at 25:37.70, setting a new personal best.
Seniors Nick Rotz and Zach Greth were the next Niners to finish- coming in 53rd and 66th. Redshirt freshmen Adam Huff and Josh Barrett each improved on their times from the Charlotte Invite, coming in 79th and 85th, respectively. Barrett recorded a new personal record at 27:04.63.
For the women, junior Carolina Casin-Silva collected her third consecutive top team finish, posting a time of 22:30.80 in 20th place. Senior Ashleigh Handchen turned in her best performance of the season, coming in 25th overall and second on the 49ers squad. With a time of 22:33.6, Handchen also set a new personal record.
Keeping with her trend all season, senior Tiffany Lang finished third on the team-narrowly missing the Top 30- with a 31st place finish at 22:43.53.
After missing most of the beginning of the season due to injury, redshirt freshman Caroline Sang returned in strong fashion, placing 40th overall at 22:54.03 in the first 6K of her career. Senior Morgan Richards was right behind her in 41st, and classmate Rachel Miller joined in the trend, setting a new personal best at 22:56.90 (44th).
Charlotte will next run in the Conference USA Championships on October 31 in Bowling Green, Ky.