Personal-bests abound for Patriot runners at Royals XC Challenge

Personal-bests abound for Patriot runners at Royals XC Challenge

CHARLOTTE, NC – Seven different Francis Marion University runners set personal-best times on Friday evening (Sept. 29) as the Patriot men finished 18th and the FMU women 19th at the Royals Cross Country Challenge hosted by Queens University of Charlotte.

Senior Javier Bustos Jaimes posted a personal-best time of 26:53 in the men's 8,000-meter race and he finished 82nd.  Other FMU men runners included senior Devin Nelson in 107th (27:35), sophomore Ivan Henderson in 127th (personal-best 28:11), senior Jonathan Reid in 134th (28:26), junior Brandon Boggs in 163rd (30:26), junior Carlos Oliver in 171th (31:34), and junior Robert Hahn in 175th place (32:06).

Queens edged Lee University (Tenn.) 37-59 to claim the men's team title.

Sophomore Alison Filer was one of five Patriot women to set personal-best times over the 5,000-meter course.  Filer finished with a time of 20:02 to place 94th and in the process shaved more than a minute off her previous best time for 5K.

Senior MacKenzie Arnold finished in 122th position with a personal-best time of 20:48, while other FMU finishers included sophomore Emma Driggers in 135th (personal-best of 20:57), senior Taylor Brunson in 152nd (personal-best of 21:23), sophomore Alexis Byers in 177th (22:23), and sophomore Jasmine Watson in 219th position (personal-best 29:08).

Lee returned the favor in the women's race edging the host Royals 52-61 for the team title.

Both Francis Marion squads will run in Columbia College's Koala Classic Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9:40 a.m.