Patriot runners finish 7th and 8th at PBC Championships

Patriot runners finish 7th and 8th at PBC Championships

LUMBERTON, NC – Led by seniors Ivan Henderson and Andrea Liddell, the Francis Marion University men's and women's cross country teams placed seventh and eighth at the 2019 Peach Belt Conference Championship meets held on Saturday (Oct. 26) morning at Luther Britt Park in Lumberton, N.C.

The FMU men tallied a team score of 222 to finished seventh in the 11-team field.

Henderson toured the 8,000-meter course in 28:13.02 to place 38th. His time was only two seconds off his personal best for that distance.   Other Patriot finishers were sophomore Parker Calvert in 51st position with a time of 29:15.12, sophomore Christian England (30:20.93) in 57th, freshman Thomas Allen (a personal-best 31:01.06) in 63rd, sophomore Wyatt Witman (31:46.31) in 71st, and senior Robert Hahn (37:06.61) in 86th.

The Patriot women posted a 256 team score to place eighth in the 12-team field.

Liddell completed the 5,000-meter course in 20:18.10 to finish in 32nd position.  Her finish was the highest for a Patriot since Meagan Wright placed third in 2014. Liddell was followed by freshman Angela Kasitz (21:51.56) in 62nd, senior Emma Driggers (22:45.69) in 67th, senior Alison Filer (23:18.54) in 76th, freshman Artiana Andrews (27:10.99) in 92nd, senior Alexis Byers (27:15.42) in 93rd, freshman Sarah Driggers (27:56.03) in 97th, and sophomore Taylor Boggs (34:10.71) in 103rd.

Both Allen and Kasitz were named to the PBC All-Sportsmanship Team prior to the races.

Augusta University earned the men's team crown with a 29 score, while Flagler College captured the women's title with a 40 team score. 

Both Francis Marion squads will run in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Meet, Nov. 9, at Wingate University.  The women's race 6,000-meters will start at 9 a.m., followed by the men's 10,000-meter race at 10:15 a.m.