eight teams there, the Bobcats got around the soggy course with
some impressive performances. "We had so
many freshmen running in their first collegiate race, so it was
difficult to know what to expect, but I thought they handled the
weather, competition and the distance really good," said Head Coach
women, the Bobcats were led by freshman Dana Lindholm (Weaverville,
NC). Her time of 20:00 marks one of the fastest times ever for a
Lees-McRae cross country athlete on that course. She finished 25th
out of 89 runners.
running well for the Bobcats were freshmen Carla Swart (Buford, GA)
20:52; Ashley May (Chilhowie, VA) 21:35; Gina Valenti (Washington,
"I was really pleased
with the performances of those four freshmen, but also Karyn
Bragman (Clayon, NC) and Jenny Hurd (Danbury, NC) and how they
overcome injuries to give solid efforts," McPhail
men's side, it was another case of the freshmen leading the way.
This time Jon Bernal (Oakton, VA) and Chris Holstein (Middleburg,
FL) battled to a close finish as Bernal ran 28:38 and Holstein
finished the 5 mile course in 28:40.
Bobcats ran as a pack for most of the race as freshman Cody Beaman
(Humble, TX) and junior Josh Blanc (Hope Mills, NC) ran 28:46 and
Lees-McRae got personal
bests times from returnees Matt Barrett (Douglasville, GA) and
Sebron Jessup (Westfield, NC) as they finished with times of 29:26
"We had a
total team effort tonight and it was good to see the guys
understand the pacing and racing at the collegiate level for cross
country," McPhail said. "We have some work to do, but I think this
group has a lot of potential and I am excited to see how good we
the Bobcats schedule will be the 23rd Annual Eye Opener Cross
Country Meet on September 9 on the grounds of the Roger Milliken
Center in Spartanburg, SC where the women race at 8:00 a.m. and men
at 8:30 a.m.