BC Women Finish Sixth, Men Claim Sixth at Eye Opener Invitational
Head Coach Adam Malloy made his BC debut
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Brevard College senior Josh Mower and freshman Caroline Christensen paced their respective squads while the Tornados competed in the Eye Opener Invitational at Milliken Park in Spartanburg, S.C. Friday evening.
Mower finished in 26th following a run of 27:53.67 and shaved 30 seconds off his time from the event a year ago.
Freshman Marc DeLisle made his BC debut a noteworthy one following a 28th place with a time of 27:56.58 in the men’s 8K while Christensen led the women’s team with a 16th place finish with a time of 20:36.22 in the women’s 5K.
“Marc didn’t race like a freshman. He had a plan to run conservative in the beginning,” said head coach Adam Malloy. “He finished up strong with running the last mile hard.” DeLisle was followed by a trio of seniors in the form of Jordan Tager, Erik Gibbs and Chris Shore.
Tager turned in a solid run with a time of 28:27.83 to finish 32nd and Gibbs finished 40th with a time of 28:59.43, while Shore followed close behind with a 47th place finish in a time of 29:19.49.
The men finished sixth overall while King took home the men’s crown.
On the women’s side, Christiansen had fourth fastest time of all participating freshman in the field. The Copenhagen, Denmark, native was followed by sophomore Hannah Cook, who finished 22nd with a time of 21:01.98. Senior Angela Canale (21:38.83), freshman Elena Raygoza (21:52.20) and junior Heidi Kaartinen (21:53.39) finished 31st, 33rd and 34th, respectively.
First-year head coach Malloy proved what a difference a year can make as the women’s team finished sixth after finishing 13th in the event last season. “There is always the first race jitters,” the Ephrata, Pa., native on his coaching debut. “I was never nervous, more excited to see what they could do.”
The Tornados return to action Saturday, Sept. 14 when they participate in the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C.