The 49ers will host the large invitational at McAlpine Park with the women's 6k starting at 3:30 p.m. The men will follow with an 8k at 4:15 p.m. An estimated 43 teams will be in attendance. The race will also serve as a preview meet for the upcoming 2012 NCAA SE Regional Championships in November.
Scheduled to attend are: Anderson, Appalachian State, Barton, Campbell, Charlotte, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Coker, Col. of Charleston, Davidson, East Carolina, Elon, Erskine, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Guilford, High Point, King, Lees-McRae, Marshall, Morris, Newberry, North Florida, Pfeiffer, Presbyterian, Queens, Radford, Richmond, Salem, Samford, Savannah Art & Design, Savannah State, South Carolina, St. Andrews, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Wilmington, USC Upstate, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Webber, Western Carolina, Wingate, and Winthrop.
The course has been redesigned from previous years but should still feature some of the season's fastest times. Last year, Virginia Tech won the women's 5k and men's 8k team titles while Upstate's Joan Tangwar and Liberty's Zac Edwards posted the top times at 16:53 and 24:08 to win the individual titles, respectively.
PC last competed at the Winthrop Invitational where junior Ryan Wasilewski (Easley, S.C.) led the Blue Hose in their first 8k of the season with a time of 30:19. Freshmen Heath Owen (Spring Valley, S.C.) and Reid McCandless (Fort Mill, S.C.) as well as junior Seth Warner (Fort Mill, S.C.) all finished within the next 43 seconds and will look to challenge for the team's top spot.
Sophomore Gabriele Lesieur (Augusta, Ga.) led the women with her fastest 5k of the season at 20:45 at Winthrop and could threaten the school's 6k record of 24:22 set in 2002 by Tanith Forrester. Fellow sophomore Jessica Hatchell (Darlington, S.C.) missed the last race due to illness but will look to rebound at Charlotte after starting the season just five seconds behind Lesieur with a collegiate-best time of 20:56 at the Gamecock Invitational.