BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Charlotte men’s and women’s cross country programs turned in very solid showings at the Conference USA Championships in Bowling Green, Ky., each placing fifth. Two men and one woman were named to the All-Conference Third Teams for their performances and all set personal-bests in the meet.
“The men improved from where we were at this time last year,” coach Alex Gibby said. “[Michael] Tamayo, [Tom] Nobles, and [Daniel] Beamer are light years better than they were last year at this point. Carl Walton ran the race of his life to factor in our scoring at the fifth position, and that was big for us.”
“We were in the race for two to three through three and a half to four miles. Now we just need to learn how to finish the job.”
The men scored 120 points in the 8K run, led by senior Tamayo, the 49ers top finisher at 19th place with a 25:28.8 time. He was followed closely by the sophomore Beamer, who took 20th overall (25:31.2) and joined his teammate on the All-C-USA Third Team.
Redshirt freshman Nobles and senior Ben Sterett narrowly missed All-Conference honors, finishing 22nd and 23rd, respectively. Rounding out the scoring for the men was senior Walton, who shredded his previous personal-best by more than 40 seconds, coming in 36th overall at 26:18.9.
Seniors Zach Greth and Nick Rotz were closely behind, grabbing 38th and 39th at 26:22.6 and 26:22.9. Redshirt freshmen Adam Huff and Josh Barrett concluded the men’s campaign, finishing 42nd and 49th.
Redshirt junior Carolina Casin-Silva continued to excel for the 49er women, finishing the 5K at 17th overall at 18:23.9, bettering her personal record by eight seconds. With her outing, Casin-Silva also earned Third Team All-C-USA honors and led the Niners to a fifth-place, 136 point finish.
Redshirt freshman Caroline Sang ran her first ever 5K, missing the all-conference slate by just one spot, finishing 22nd overall at 18:35.9.
“I’m very pleased with our women,” Gibby said. “It was a big step forward for us compared to last year. Carolina earned her first all-conference honor and Caroline just missed. Both of those girls will be key for our efforts next year.”
Senior Ashleigh Handchen posted a 29th place finish (18:45.4), and classmate Taylor Carcella was Charlotte’s fourth best finisher, her strongest outing of the season, placing 32nd with a 18:50.9 clip.
Rounding out the scoring for the Niners was senior Tiffany Lang, who ran an 18:54.9 at 36th place.
Morgan Richards and Erin Nelson completed the Charlotte roster, finishing 42nd and 53rd, respectively. Nelson recorded a new personal best in the meet (19:25.7) by more than nine seconds.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to the 6K course in two weeks for the women, and the 10K course for the men, when our fitness should result in more gains and we can measure those versus the region.”
Charlotte will next run in the NCAA Southeast Regional on Nov. 13, at a course familiar to the 49ers in Charlottesville, Va., where the Niners opened their 2015 season.