October 1, 2007

Martin Captures Individual Crown; Men Tie for First

CHARLESTON, SC--Senior Lewis Martin (Charlottesville, VA) ran a personal best time of 25:21 over an 8k (4.97 mile) course to capture his first race win of the year at The Citadel Cross Country Invitational this past Saturday in Charleston, SC at the James Island County Park. In doing so, he helped guide the Bobcats to a tie for first in the DII race.

Lees-McRae tied Lenior Rhyne with 44 points, but won in the tie breaker as the teams compare their first 5 runners performances and the Bobcats winning three of the five results. There were nine colleges and universities in the DII race.

"The guys ran well, they are so tired from the training so for us to get this result is great when we back off some," said Coach McPhail. "Lew was out on his own today and wound up racing the clock, the other guys were challenged and did good, all of the guys ran their fastest times of their career on some pretty tired legs."

Sophomore Chris Holstein (Middleburg, FL) ran 26:44 and finished 5th in the race, senior Josh Blanc (Hope Mills, NC) ran 27:18 for 10th place, Jon Bernal (Oakton, Va) ran 27:22 for 11th place and Matt Barrett (Douglasville, GA) ran a 28:08 for 17th place.

Aaron Wilkins (Dobson, NC) is coming off a foot injury ran as the 6th man for the Bobcats and finished in a time of 29:07, with Marty Monahan (Tryon, NC) dropping another 1:20 off of his time to finish at 31:00.

"We have still got a lot of work to do, but we are close to where we want to be at the end of our season. We are really coming together as a group and it should be a great stretch run for us," McPhail said.

Results can be found by clicking here.

The Bobcats will race competitively again Friday, October 12th at Appalachian State University for the Blue Ridge Open.