Patriots place fourth at Charleston Cross Country Classic

Patriots place fourth at Charleston Cross Country Classic

CHARLESTON, SC – Seniors Andrea Liddell and Ivan Henderson paced the Francis Marion University cross country teams as both placed fourth at the second-annual Charleston Classic Cross Country Meet held at Johns Island County Park.

Liddell finished the women's 5,000-meter race in 20:45.37 and occupied 11th place in the runners' standings – only eight seconds out of the Top-10.

Other FMU finishers included freshman Angela Kasitz (22:23.69) in 25th position, senior Emma Driggers (23:03.81) in 29th, senior Alison Filer (24:23.80) in 33rd, freshman Artiana Andrews (27:32.12) in 41st, senior Alexis Byers (27:43.42) in 42nd, freshman Sarah Driggers (28:29.50) in 45th, and freshman Taylor Boggs (36:01.00) in 55th place.

The Patriot women compiled a 113 team score and trailed only the College of Charleston (15), Savannah State University (91), and Columbia International University (109).

In the men's 8,000-meter event, Henderson posted a time of 29:24.28 which was good for 19th place.

Other Patriot runners included sophomore Parker Calvert (30:03.55) in 21st position, sophomore Christian England (30:37.24) in 23rd, freshman Thomas Allen (33:39.76) in 34th, senior Robert Hahn (40:39.19) in 47th, and sophomore Anthony Melo (40:48.42) in 48th place.

Allen, a product of Latta High School, shaved nearly two minutes off his time two weeks ago in what was his first collegiate 8k race.

The FMU men registered a 121 team score.  The College of Charleston also won the men's team title with a 25 score, followed by South Carolina State University (74), and Savannah State (78) in the 8-team field.

Both Francis Marion squads will compete again on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Sand Shark Cross Country Invitational in Hardeeville, S.C.