COLUMBIA, SC – The Presbyterian College men’s cross country team finished 3rd at the 2016 Carolina Challenge on Saturday. Sophomore Preston Meade broke another school record, finishing his 5k in 17:07.
Sophomore Duncan Gotfredson (17:23) led for PC through much of the race and only gave way to Meade over the final half-mile. Similarly freshmen Reid Haigler (18:11) and William Wise (18:20) overtook senior Chris Sacco (18:22) right before the finish. Not too far back, Alex Johnson (18:49) and Jake Birdsong (19:31) rounded out the team.
The program's previous 5k record was held by Nicholas Baer who ran 17:10 at the 2009 Gamecock Invitational.
“I was pleased to see the men’s team work together and finish in packs,” head coach Thad Palmer stated after the race. “Training has been going well, and we just need to take a step forward with our intervals over the next couple of weeks. We’ve set some high goals, and I believe with some hard work we will get there.”
Winthrop won the team title with 24 points and individual champion Kevin Mills (15:35).
The men's team will have one more chance to improve their 5k times at the Front Runner Invitational on October 15, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Blue Hose will next race at the Furman Invitational on September 10. The men’s 8k will start at 9:15 am.
3. Presbyterian (17:53)
Preston Meade 17:07.17
Duncan Gotfredson 17:23.73
Reid Haigler 18:11.09
William Wise 18:20.48
Chris Sacco 18:22.54
Alex Johnson 18:49.39
Jake Birdsong 19:31.55