CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After stellar seasons from both the men’s and women’s programs, Charlotte cross country heads to Bowling Green, Ky., for the Conference USA Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31, hosted by Western Kentucky.
The men will run in an 8K at 10 a.m. ET, with the women at 11 a.m., both at Spero Kereiakes Park in Bowling Green.Video
The top twenty-one finishers earn all-conference honors with the top seven being named first-team, eight through fourteen on second-team and fifteen through twenty-one on the third team. Also, an Outstanding Senior and Freshman of the Meet will be awarded to the highest placing senior and freshman on both the men's and women's side at the awards ceremony that takes place at the conclusion of the women’s race.
The 49er men are led by the ensemble of seniors Ben Sterett and Michael Tamayo, sophomore Daniel Beamer, and redshirt freshman Tom Nobles. Sterett is coming off a 16th place finish at the Wake Forest Invitational in early October, where the Niners took second place out of 18 teams. Sterett shaved almost 14 seconds off his time from his last race in September, the Charlotte Invitational, which the Niners won overwhelmingly.
Tamayo, Beamer, and Nobles are all returning to the course after setting personal bests at the WF meet. The four all placed in the Top 30 out of more than 225 runners.
Seniors Taylor Carcella, Ashleigh Handchen, Morgan Richards, Tiffany Lang, and Caragh MacDermott bring a wealth of experience for the 49er women. They will be joined by redshirt junior Carolina Casin-Silva and redshirt freshmen Erin Nelson and Caroline Sang.
Casin-Silva has been the women’s top finisher in three of four races this season, taking 20th at the Wake Forest Invite (22:30.80). Handchen and Sang are returning from personal-best performances, and Richards has placed in the Top 10 in three of four outings this season.
Lang has also performed consistently, with three Top 10 finishes and being the women’s third best finisher in every meet this year.
Richards and Sterett narrowly missed All-Conference honors at the 2014 Championships, finshing 22nd and 23rd, respectively. The men and women took 6th and 8th places last season during Coach Alex Gibby’s first year at the helm.