Cross Country Stays Sharp at Black and Gold Invitational

Orlando, FL October 19, 2013 – The College of Charleston men’s and women’s cross country teams continued to perform well on Friday evening at the Black and Gold Invitational — hosted by the University of Central Florida.

CofC Cougars men's and women's cross country

In their final tune up for the Colonial Athletic Association Championships on Nov. 2, the men’s and women’s teams finished in fifth and fourth place, respectively.

Racing amidst tough conditions, the Cougars did well to deal with high temperatures and poor footing. With the sun beating down, the women’s 6K kicked off the meet and the Cougars were quick to find the front of the pack, paced by Trish Rein (Philadelphia, Pa.), who finished in 23 minutes 14.89 seconds — good enough for eighth place overall. Within sight of Rein was freshman standout Carlee Cassidy (Ontario, Canada) who put in one of her best performances of the year as well as the ever-consistent, Danielle Sams (Goose Creek, S.C.). Also performing admirably for Cougars were Emily Sanders (Greenville, S.C.), Kornelia Kostka (Kielce, Poland), Laura Quintana and Hayley McMahon (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). The women, just fifteen points out from the leader, finished the day in fourth place.

“I saw a lot of improvement with our pack today,” said head coach Amy Seago. “Trish Rein led us tonight and Carlee Cassidy ran a very tough race. I thought some of the other girls really stepped us well.”

In the men’s 8K race, the Cougars did well to battle through the adverse conditions for a fifth place finish — led by Adam Seften (Bolton, Conn.) who finished in tenth place overall with a time of 26:38.84. Just behind Seften in 14th, was two-time CAA runner of the week, Mackenzie Johnston (Hilton Head, S.C.). Nicolaus Putnam (Columbia, S.C.), Alex Couch (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Josh Tierney (Blufton, S.C.) all ran well, finishing in 37th, 39th and 48th place, respectively. Andrew Tyler also finished in the top half of the draw despite being stung by a bee mid-race.

“The men ran a tough race today,” said assistant coach Jason Bryan. “Even though the conditions were far from ideal, they fought hard. It was good for them to face some adversity with the footing and temperatures because ultimately distance running is all about being out of your comfort zone.”

Next up for the Cougars is the conference championships in Towson, Md., on Nov. Saturday, Nov. 2. It will be the second trip to Towson for the Cougars who performed very well in the Towson Invitational just last month. The meet will be held at Oregon Ridge Park, a challenging venue with steep grades.

“The good news for us is that the footing will be better and we’ll be racing in cooler conditions,” said Seago. “Our individual performances were positive today, and our gaps are being tightened. Now it’s time to prepare well and get excited for the championships — we’ll be ready.”

College of Charleston Results

Women’s 6K:

Team: 4th

Trish Rein — 23:14.89

Carlee Cassidy — 23:21.91

Danielle Sams — 23:51.40

Emily Sanders — 24:04.45

Kora Kostka — 24:17.36

Laura Quintana — 24:18.62

Hayley McMahon — 24:19.87

Casey Witkowski — 24:40.05

Cara Butcher — 25:25.26

Mary Brelsford — 25:52.74

Elizabeth Catoe — 26:42.23

Aisha Maddox — 29:12.82

Mens’s 8K

Adam Seften — 26:38.64

Mackenzie Johnston — 26:48.33

Nicolaus Putnam — 28:21.62

Alex Couch — 28:25.31

Joshua Tierney — 29:06.59

Andrew Tyler — 29:14.33

Tyler Wood — 29:24.29

Austin Poisson — 29:35.34

Christopher Ruppe — 29:39.31

Sean McMahon — 30:04.02

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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