September 2, 2011

Bobcats finish 11th at Eye Opener Invitational

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men's cross country team turned in a solid 11th-place performance at the Eye Opener Cross Country Festival on Friday, which was hosted by the University of South Carolina-Upstate.

Junior transfer Tyler Dunn paced the Bobcats with a 34th-place performance, turning in a time of 27:31, while senior Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) finished 38th with a time of 27:40.

"It was great to get our first race of the season under our belt," said head coach Thomas Cason. "We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, and I look forward to watching us get better every week."

The Bobcat women's team finished ninth out of 20 teams, led by freshmen twins Emily Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) and Katherine Shields (Salisbury, N.C.), who finished 28th and 33rd, respectively. Emily Shields turned in a time of 19:55, while her sister Katherine posted a time of 20:05.

Lees-McRae returns to the trails on Saturday, September 10 when the Bobcats travel to Hickory, N.C. to take part in the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational.

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