SWANNANOA, NC – It was another historic day at the Big South Cross Country Championships for Presbyterian College on Friday. The women's team finished a program-best seventh while sophomore Preston Meade cracked the top-25 and led the men's team to ninth.
Emily Swanigan ran 20:07 on Asheville Christian Academy's 5k course. Not too far back, Sally Hart (42nd) crossed in 20:34. Ripley Fricano (51st) ran a season's best 20:59, Denise Devaney (56th) ran 21:13 and Bea DiBona (63rd) ran 21:38. Sarah Jennings (74th) finished in 22:40, while Lacey Hornaday (80th) ran a season's best 24:21 and Christin Van Hoy (82nd) ran 25:15.
Liberty won the women's championship with 38 points. High Point (45), Campbell (73), Winthrop (96) and UNCA (110) rounded out the top-5. Radford (171) was sixth. PC finished seventh with 221 points, narrowly ahead of eighth place Gardner-Webb (222). Charleston Southern (260) was ninth and Longwood (273) tenth.
Campbell's Joan Maritim won the individual championship in 17:18.
Meade (24th) led the men's team with an 8k of 27:09. Duncan Gotfredson (49th) crossed next for PC in 28:21. Reid Haigler (67th) and Chris Sacco (68th) finished in 29:57 and 30:04 respectively while Alex Johnson (74th) rounded out the scoring at 31:12. William Wise (76th) and Jake Birdsong (77th) ran 31:35 and 31:49 respectively.
Campbell won the men's team championship with 31 points and had the individual champion in Amon Terer who ran 24:48. Liberty was in a close second with 37 points. Radford (87) finished third, High Point (103) fourth and Winthrop (131) fifth. UNCA (145) was sixth and Gardner Webb (235) seventh. Longwood (242) narrowly edged PC (243) for eighth while Charleston Southern (246) was tenth.