CHARLOTTE, NC – The Presbyterian College men’s and women’s cross country teams saw a pair of school records fall during the Queen City Invite on Friday. Sally Hart ran a 5k record of 18:57, and Duncan Gotfredson ran an 8k record of 26:20. The juniors led their teams to 6th and 10th place, respectively.
Hart improved her recent PR by 23 seconds to break the old record (19:08) and is the first PC runner to break 19:00. Gotfredson improved over a minute from two weeks ago to PR by 8 seconds and narrowly break the old record (26:24).
"I am very proud of how Sally and Duncan ran today," said head coach Thad Palmer after the race. "Honestly, the whole team ran well today. We've been working hard all season, running before the sun rises most days, and the pieces are finally coming together. Today was a really good day for the entire team."
In the women’s race, Ripley Fricano improved her PR by 14 seconds to cross in 19:36. Her time ranks sixth all-time for PC. Emily Swanigan (20:35), Bea DiBona (20:52), Denise Devaney (20:55), Hydia Green (21:49) and Kennedy Brooks (23:58) all ran their fastest 5ks of the season. The Blue Hose finished sixth in the women’s race with 199 points and an average time of 20:11.
In the men's race, Banner Plumb (26:59), Neel Taber (27:15) and William Wise (27:58) all ran PRs as well. Plumb’s time of 26:59 ranks ninth all-time for PC. Alex Johnson (30:38) and Jake Birdsong (32:18) ran their fastest 8ks of the season. The men’s team finished 10th with 288 points and an average time of 28:12.
Davidson won the women’s race with 19 points, and Mount Olive won the men’s race with 31 points. The Wildcats’ Sarah Sears (16:50) and Ramsay Ritchie (24:10) were the individual champions.
The Blue Hose will next race at the Big South Championships hosted by Liberty on October 28.