CHARLESTON, S.C.- With race temperatures soaring into the upper 80s the Lees-McRae men's cross country team got a little more than they bargained for with the heat and humidity at The Citadel Invitational this past Saturday. The Bobcats finished fourth out of 11 teams in the race.
"I felt like we were ready," said head coach Craig McPhail. "But we are not acclimated to these temperatures anymore, and we suffered late in the race." Our training is there, and I am confident we are a better team than the times resemble."
Junior Nate Trimble (Houston, Texas) led the way for the Bobcats with an 11th place finish in a time of 27:54 on the 8k course. Freshman Cody Hodgins (Cornelius, N.C.) had a strong race and finished with a season best time of 28:18 (17th), followed closely by junior Chris Holstein (Middleburg, Fla.) in a time of 28:21 (18th). Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) was fourth on the team in 21st place. Junior Jon Bernal (Oakton, Va.) rounded out the Bobcats' top five.
After training for five weeks, the Bobcats were also a bit rusty having not competed since August 29th at the Covered Bridge Open at Appalachian State. They will be back in action this Friday as they travel to Newton, N.C. to participate in the Lenior-Rhyne Invite at 5:35 p.m. at Southside Park.
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Pictured: Nate Trimble