GREENVILLE, SC – The Presbyterian College men’s cross country team averaged 28:35 at the Furman Classic on Saturday. Freshmen Duncan Gotfredson and Preston Meade led the Blue Hose to 12th in the DI results.
Gotfredson (Berkeley Lake, Ga) and Meade (Alpharetta, Ga) both went under the school’s freshman 8k mark with times of 27:10 and 27:12 respectively. The duo ran most of the race stride-for-stride with Gotfredson having just enough kick to edge his teammate on the final stretch. More impressively, their times rank 7th and 8th all-time for the Blue Hose.
Next for PC, a pair of upperclassmen set huge personal bests with Reid McCandless (Fort Mill, SC) running 28:38 and Chris Sacco (Rock Hill, SC) crossing in 29:47. Freshman Alex Johnson (Lexington, SC) rallied after falling around the two-mile mark to finish at 30:06 in his first 8k. Caleb Weathers (Woodruff, SC) and Jake Birdsong (Summerville, SC) ran 32:13 and 32:40 respectively.
Furman won the men’s team title with a nearly perfect score of 16 points and average time of 24:29. The Paladin’s Tanner Hinkle took individual honors at 24:17.
Auburn finished second, Wake Forest third, Clemson fourth and VMI fifth. Rounding out the top-10 was Georgia (6th), East Tennessee State (7th), Western Carolina (8th), Tennessee Tech (9th) and Mercer (10th). Wofford finished 11th with PC close behind in 12th.
There were 19 additional non-Division I teams competiting. Lee, ranked No. 1 in the DII South region, won with an average time of 26:01.
PC will next race at the Asheville Cross Country Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 19. The first race is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.