MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College cross country programs turned in strong showings at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning. The men's team finished third, while the women's team placed eighth. Additionally, three Bobcats earned All-Conference honors on the day.
The men's race kicked things off beginning at 10 a.m. The Bobcats placed third among the 11 schools competing trailing just Mount Olive and Emmanuel. LMC had four runners place in the upper half of times on the day, including two in the top 10. Tristin Bertie (26:28.2) and Joshua Hall (26:46.7) earned All-Conference Carolinas Second Team honors by placing in the eighth and ninth, respectively. Bertie's time was the 13th-fastest time in the history of Lees-McRae men's cross country.
Following the men's race was the women's race. Lees-McRae finished eighth with 210 points as they placed ahead of Converse (217 points), Limestone (247 points), Barton (265 points) and Chowan (342 points). The top performance on the day from the Bobcats was by Deanna Betzer. Betzer, who posted the fastest time in each of the team's races this season, finished 12th in her first conference championship with a time of 24:40.3.
The Bobcats will be back in action on November 9 when they compete at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional in Wingate, N.C.