Women Fourth, Men Fifth at CAA Championship in Mt. Pleasant
CAA Men's and Women's Championship
Laurel Hill Plantation - Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Men's Results (8K): 5th out of 6 Teams (123 Pts)
Men's Top Performer: Crew Kosiorek Finishes 17th (25:40.7)
Women's Results (6K): 4th out of 9 Teams (125 Pts)
Women's Top Performer: Cara Butcher Finishes 9th (21:08.4)
Up Next: NCAA Southeast Regional - Panorama Falls - Charlottesville, Va. - Fri, Nov. 13
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The College of Charleston cross country program lit it up at this Saturday’s CAA Championship, with the women taking fourth and the men fifth.
The women’s 125-point effort for fourth was a milestone for the program, becoming the best finish at a conference championship in the Amy Seago era, which dates back to 2003.
“The women stepped up in a big way, I’m really proud of that group,” head coach Amy Seago said. “Every year, we’re getting better, and this was a big sharp turn in the right direction for them.”
All five members of the Cougars’ Top 5 managed to crack the Top Ten All-Time list for CofC 6K history. Cara Butcher continued to prove herself as a blossoming force for the Cougars, setting yet-another PR with a time of 21 minutes, 8.4 seconds in the 6K run. She finished ninth, making her the first and only All-Conference selection from the College thus far in the 2015-16 athletic season.
The effort moves Butcher to second on the all-time list at Charleston, surpassing Hayley McMahon (22:07.16 in 2013), Ashley Arnold (22:05.70 in 2004) and Trish Rein (21:57.89 in 2013). She now trails only Dena O’Brien on the all-time 6K list, who holds virtually every meaningful distance record in both cross country and track & field at The College.
“Cara’s been steady like she always is,” Seago said. “What continues to amaze me about her is the amount of time she can take off, it’s nothing short of amazing.”
Behind Butcher, Carlee Cassidy set a personal best of her own with a time of 21:48.2 to finish 18th, moving her up to third on the all-time list just behind Butcher. Tori Churchill improved upon her personal best time set earlier in the season on the same course by finishing 25th with a time of 22:05.8, putting her a tenth of a second behind Ashley Arnold’s fourth-best time.
Ellen Feringa had the best race of her collegiate career by far, cracking the Top 5 for the first time this year when it mattered most. With a 38th-best time of 22:33.2, she becomes the eighth-fastest 6K runner in the history of the college. Rounding out the Top 5, sophomore Hannah Lopez checked in at No. 8 on the all-time list by finishing 41st with a time of 22:38.0.
“I knew it was in there for Ellen,” Seago said. “She’s had some rough patches this season where she’s known she could do better, but she’s one of those athletes who can perform when it matters. She did that today and got the job done.”
Crew Kosiorek once again finished first for the men’s team with a time of 25:40.7, taking 17thh. Colton Hennessey once again was second in the pecking order with a 22nd overall finish (25:58.5) with junior Josh Tierney behind him in 30th (26:28.4). All three men ran admirably, coming within a couple second of their personal bests.
Senior Tyler Wood finished the final 8K race of his collegiate career on a high note, achieving a personal best time for the second meet in a row (26:46.8). Nick Putnam rounded things out with a time of 27:14.5 to return him to scoring position for the first time since the Royals Challenge.
The men’s fifth-place finish came by virtue of a team-score of 123, which edged out sixth place UNCW by a scant three points.
“I know the guys’ finish place isn’t where we wanted it to be, but we were banged up, especially Nick Putnam, he’s had to battle through a lot. I thought Crew and Colton ran really well, and I’m happy.”
Once again, William and Mary swept the men’s and women’s championships with dominant team-scores of 21 and 23. The Tribe women have now won four straight CAA Championships, while the men take home their 16th in a row.
With the CAA Championships concluded, the Cougars will shift their attention to even brighter horizons. In two weeks, they will had to Panorama Falls in Charlottesville, Va. for the NCAA Southeast Regionals. That meet is slated to begin at noon on Friday, Nov. 13.
WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS
9. Cara Butcher (21:08.4)*!
18. Carlee Cassidy (21:48.2)*
25. Tori Churchill (22:05.8)*
38. Ellen Feringa (22:33.2)*
41. Hannah Lopez (22:38.0)*
49. Marissa Small-Towns (23:05.0)*
52. Kornelia Kostka (23:08.8)
57. Elizabeth Parrish (23:19.3)
67. Emma Jennings (23:45.4)*
79. Mary-Kate Brelsford (24:24.9)
81. Savannah Pugh (24:30.8)*
85. Kallie Golicher (25:27.4)*
MEN’S 8K RESULTS
17. Crew Kosiorek (25:40.7)
22. Colton Hennessey (25:58.5)
30. Josh Tierney (26:28.4)
34. Tyler Wood (26:46.8)*
39. Nick Putnam (27:14.5)
42. Andrew Tyler (27:27.3)
43. Logan Veatch (27:52.9)*
44. Grant Gauthier (28:01.3)
* - Personal Best
! – All-Conference