November 9, 2010

Simpkins sets school record at Conference Carolinas Championships

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College men's cross country runner Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) made program history on Friday at the Conference Carolinas Championships, finishing sixth and setting a new school record in the 8K race with a time of 25:19.

Simpkins' time eclipses the previous 8K mark of 25:21, set by Lewis Martin in 2007. Martin ended his career as one of the most accomplished runners in school history, qualifying for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in 2007 in addition to Conference Carolinas individual champion honors in 2005.

A native of Boiling Springs, S.C., Simpkins has enjoyed a tremendous season for the Bobcats, recording four top-10 finishes, including a third-place showing at last weekend's Conference Carolinas Championships. Simpkins is now the fastest cross country runner in program history after setting the 8K mark on Friday.

Lees-McRae returns to the course on Nov. 20 when the Bobcats travel to Charlotte, N.C. to compete in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships.

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