September 30, 2011

Women Finish 8th, Men 9th at Charlotte Invite

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Campbell's women's cross country squad took eighth while the men finished ninth Friday at the Charlotte Invitational at McAlpine Park. 

A total of 36 women's teams competed in the event, while 34 were on the trail Friday evening. Virginia Tech earned the team title on both sides, with each individual scorer (five best from each school) finishing in the top-20 of each race, including four placers in the top-10 in the men's race.

Senior Rachel Deline led the CU women, placing 27th with a time of 18:02.91, a 5K personal best. Junior Cynthia Navarro recorded a mark of 18:09.36, taking 29th, also a personal record. Deline's mark is the fourth best all-time in Campbell history, while Navarro's time is sixth in the CU record books.

Ashley Matthews (18:40.12, 55th), Samantha Robbins (18:46.90, 60th) and Claudia Mundy (19:02.51, 76th) also placed for the Camels. All three earned personal best marks.

Junior DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel paced the men's unit with a personal best 8K time of 25:18.42. The mark pushes Nicol-Samuel into a tie for seventh in the Campbell all-time performance list.

Morgan Timiney took 69th with a time of 26:31.66, while Eric Baldwin placed 83rd, clocking in with a PR of 26:41.87. Evan Darm (26:47.60, 89th) and Clayton Woll (27:13.60, 117th) also placed on the day.

Next up for the Camels will be the Blue Ridge Open, hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. on Oct. 14.