NEWTON, N.C. - Lees-McRae's men's cross country took first place at the Lenior-Rhyne University Invitational at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., this past Friday evening. For the young Bobcats this was their first win of the year, and the best performances they have had.
"We are starting to figure out this 8k race, and it should be exciting as to how far we can go with this big confidence-builder of a performance," said Coach Craig McPhail. "Our training has been great, it's just an adjustment for a lot of the younger guys."
Leading the way for the Bobcats was junior Nate Trimble (Houston, Texas), the reigning Conference Carolinas runner of the week, as he set a personal best time of 26:56 over the 8k (4.97 mile course) for sixth place. He was followed closely by Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) with a career best time of 27:12, good enough for eighth place. Cody Hodgins (Cornelius, N.C.) finished in a time of 27:22 and 10th place with Chris Holstein (Middleburg, Fla.) coming in at 27:24 in 12th place. Michael Davis (Independence, Va.) rounded out the Bobcats top five with a time of 28:07 for 25th place.
Luke Anton (Brevard, N.C.) dropped another 45 seconds off of his time with a performance of 28:33.
The Bobcats are currently ranked 7th in the NCAA DII Southeast Region and have a couple of weeks off to get healthy and ready for a stretch run. The race next at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open on Friday, October 17th at the Greenway Trail in Boone, N.C.
Pictured: Nate Trimble