Bobcats place ninth at Eye Opener Invitational

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

The Bobcats were 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.

"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 men finished 11th, led by junior transfer Tyler Dunn paced the Bobcats with a 34th-place performance, turning in a time of 27:31. Senior Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) finished 38th with a time of 27:40.

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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