CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The theme for Friday's Queen City Invite for the Lees-McRae College cross country teams were new personal best times being set. Overall, six LMC runners ran their fastest collegiate times with four coming from the women's team and two coming from the men's squad.
Overall, there were 250 male runners that took to the trails Friday. Lees-McRae placed three runners within the top 100, including Hall who finished a team-best finish of 79th. Teammates Shawn Graves (92nd) and Tristin Bertie (97th) also finished among the top 40 percent of runners on the day. Hall had by far the best day, however, as he set a new personal-best with his time of 27:09. It marks the third straight race that Hall has ran an 8k course in under 28 minutes. Additionally, Brett Page joined Hall in setting a career-best time Friday with a mark of 31:50.
Collectively, the men's team did surpass several Division II programs, including some from the Southeast Region on its way to a 16th place finish out of 30 schools. Those teams included: Carson-Newman, Coker, Belmont Abbey, Limestone, Francis Marion and Barton.
As for the women's team, the tandem of Halvorsen and Brianne Heard were the standout performers. Both runners set new personal-bests Friday with Halvorsen checking in at 20:48 and Heard at 20:58. It marks the first time in their respective careers that either runner has finished a 5k race in under 21 minutes. Halvorsen and Heard were joined by Delaney Colangelo (25:01) and Kaela Kelly (27:25) as runners to set personal best times Friday as well. As an entire team, the Bobcats finished the day 24th out of 29 teams.
The Bobcats won't be back in action until October 12 when they head back to Charlotte to compete at the Royals Challenge.