Sept. 28, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Senior David Caldwell finished 28th out of 244 runners to lead the Marshall University men's cross country team to a top-10 finish on Friday afternoon at the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational. Meanwhile, the women's team relied on a 40th place finish from sophomore Celia Leonard to finish 18th out of 33 teams.
Running in their third meets of the season, the Thundering Herd teams sought improvement at the Charlotte Invitational as they continued to move closer to the Conference USA Championships on Oct. 29. With 35 men's teams and 33 women's teams in attendance, the meet - hosted by UNC Charlotte - served as a solid measuring stick for both Marshall squads.
David Caldwell once again paced the men with an 8K time of 25:11.91 that was nearly a minute faster than his next closest Herd teammate, junior Ryan Bowser, who finished in 80th after clocking a time of 26:10.13. Caleb Bowen finished third on the team in 85th, while Jack Whitney and Peter Starnes' respective 93rd and 100th place finishes helped guide the team to a ninth place finish amongst the 35 competing teams.
On the women's side, Celia Leonard ran a 6K time of 22:44.20 to cross the line first for the Herd, while junior Leslie Thomas finished in 77th with a time of 23:17.04. Senior Kelley Mortakis followed in 85th, while freshman Alexandria Phares finished 127th out of the 233 female runners.
Overall, it was a solid day for both teams as each improved upon its season records with the finishes. The men's team is now 44-20 on the year, while the women are 26-36. Virginia Tech took first place honors in the men's race and Clemson claimed top-spot on the women's side.
"We faced great competition today under very tough conditions," said Marshall head coach Jeff Small. "Temperatures were in the mid-80s during the race, but the men's team ran very well and showed continued improvement. Our women's team did well, too, and would have placed higher had one of our runners not suffered an injury during the race."
Marshall's next meet is scheduled for Oct. 13, at the University of Evansville Invitational in Evansville, Indiana. Meet results from Charlotte may be accessed by clicking the links below.
Men's Team Results | Men's Individual Results | Women's Team Results | Women's Individual Results