Terence Attema Leads Off Cross Country Season With Second Place Finish
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Terence Attema (Smithville, Ontario) started his senior season off on the right foot with a second place finish for the Camels at the USC Upstate Eye Opener Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Attema finished with a time of 24:52, setting a new career best for an 8K race by 19 seconds. He finished 39 seconds behind the winner from USC Upstate, Gilbert Kemboi.
As a team, the Campbell women's program began the season well. The team finished in a third place tie with Furman among the eight teams that competed. The CU men finished fifth out of nine Division 1 institutions. Charlotte won the meet on the women's side, while Furman took the top spot for the men. Host, USC Upstate, took second in both divisions.
Rachel Deline and Ashley Matthews led the way for the CU women with 11th and 12th place finishes. Deline, a junior from Belleville, Ontario, finished with a time of 18:54, 52 seconds behind the winner Joan Tangwar of USC Upstate. Ashley Matthews had a very strong finish in her collegiate debut. The freshman from Raleigh finished 3 seconds behind Deline.
Laura Verschuren (Guelph, Ontario) started her sophomore campaign out with a 23rd place finish with a time of 19:22.
Samantha Robbins and Sierra Hagl had strong freshman debuts for Campbell. Robbins (London, Ontario) finished 29th, with a time of 19:34, while Hagl (Kannapolis, N.C.) finished 30th, 8 seconds behind Robbins.
The Campbell men also had strong contributions from several freshmen. Morgan Timiney (Kalamazoo, Mich.) led off his collegiate career with a 29th place finish, coming in with a time of 26:51. Chris Schulist (Holland, Mich.) finished with a time of 27:23, good enough for 43rd place.
Sophomores DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel (Brandon, Manitoba) and Colin Lavigne (Hamilton, Ontario) began their seasons with finishes of 31st and 44th respectively. Nicol-Samuel had a time of 26:52, and Lavigne came in with a time of 27:28.
The Camels will travel to Wilmington, N.C. for their next meet. The UNCW Seahawk Invitational will be on Friday, September 10 at 6 p.m.