Bobcats place second in Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational

HICKORY, N.C. --- Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, N.C.) finished fourth to lead a trio of Bobcats in the top 10, as the Lees-McRae College men's cross country team posted a second-place finish at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational on Saturday.

Simpkins posted his third top-five finish of the season, crossing the finish line with a time of 26:05.6, while Michael Davis (Independence, Va.) and Sondre Thorbegsen (Tranoy, Norway) placed ninth and 10th, respectively. Austin High (Chesnee, S.C.) finished 20th, while Will McCoy (Southern Pines, N.C.) and Jordan Gillespie (Fries, Va.) placed 26th and 31st, respectively, to help Lees-McRae to its best showing of the season.

Mars Hill College finished first overall in the team competition, placing five runners in the top-20 to capture the team crown with 40 points. Lees-McRae finished second with 64 points, followed by host Lenoir-Rhyne (68), Belmont Abbey College (101), and Brevard College (149). Pfeiffer University (180) placed sixth, followed by Limestone College (184), Newberry College (191), and Tusculum College (213).

Lees-McRae returns to the course on Nov. 5 when the Bobcats travel to Charlotte, N.C. to take part in the Conference Carolinas Championship.

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