SWANNANOA, NC – Presbyterian College’s Preston Meade ran an 8k of 26:24 at the Asheville Invitational on Saturday and broke a program record that had stood for 16 years.

Meade (Alpharetta, Ga) broke Zach Braden’s record of 26:26 from the 1999 Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational. Furthermore, Meade finished 8th overall and collected his first collegiate top-10 finish and helped lead his team fifth place.

Fellow freshman Duncan Gotfredson (Berkeley Lake, Ga) nearly matched the stunning feat, crossing the line a few strides back in 10th place with a PR of 26:28. His time ranks third all-time for PC.

The rest of the top-5 also ran personal bests with senior Reid McCandless (Fort Mill, SC) at 28:07 (36th), freshman Alex Johnson (Lexington, SC) at 28:35 (40th) and junior Chris Sacco (Rock Hill, SC) at 29:14 (42nd). Improving nearly a minute since last week’s race, freshman Jake Birdsong (Summerville, SC) ran 31:18 (50th) and senior Caleb Weathers (Woodruff, SC) ran 31:38 (51st).

Western Carolina won the men’s 8k title with a team score of 45 points and average time of 26:14. The Catamounts’ Liam Brooks won the men’s individual title with a time of 25:25.

Presbyterian College finished fifth of eight teams with 136 points and an average 8k of 27:46.

The Blue Hose will take a week off before returning to race at the Upstate Invitational / Big South Preview Meet at Milliken on October 3.