JAMES ISLAND, SC – The Presbyterian College men’s and women’s cross country teams were led by four top-10 finishes and three personal bests at the Will Wilson Invitational on Saturday morning at the James Island County Park. The women’s team finished second and the men’s team third.
Junior Sally Hart finished second in the women’s 5k with an improved PR of 19:20. Moments later, classmate Ripley Fricano finished fifth with a PR of her own at 19:50. Hart’s time ranks third all time for the program while Fricano ranks 10th. It was also the first time in program history that PC had two women break 20:00 in the same race.
The rest of the women’s team all ran their fastest races of the season as well. In her first 5k of the season, Emily Swanigan earned a top-10 finish and crossed in 21:20. Bea DiBona (13th) ran 21:53, Denise Devaney (12th) ran 22:09, Hydia Green (19th) ran 23:04, and Kennedy Brooks (24th) ran 24:42.
Duncan Gotfredson finished third in the men’s 8k race with a season’s best 27:25. Freshman Banner Plumb (11th) improved his personal-best to 28:30. William Wise (12th) ran 28:38, Neel Taber (15th) ran 29:30, Alex Johnson (23rd) ran a season’s best 32:48, and Jake Birdsong (26th) ran 35:08 in his first 8k of the season.
Savannah State’s Cameron Pack ran 27:08 to win the men’s race and lead the Tigers to first with 26 points. The Citadel (45) was second, PC (60) third, and South Carolina State fourth (105).
The Citadel’s Amber Ott ran 18:53 to win the women’s race and lead the Bulldogs to first with 21 points. PC finished second with 39 points. Savannah State was third with 83 points.
The Blue Hose will next race at the Queen City Invitational on October 13 in Charlotte, NC.