Wingate, N.C. - Led by Josh Mower and Jordan Tager’s top 10 finishes, the BC men’s cross country team finished second overall at Saturday’s Bulldog Stampede and Madison Hill and Angela Canale led the women to equal success as the Tornados placed third overall on women’s side as the Tornados took on the field at Wingate University.
In a field with four South Atlantic Conference schools, Mower led the way in the eight-kilometer event, achieving a mile pace of 5:25 to finish fourth overall on the morning with a time of 26:54, less than a minute behind individual champion Steve Hammond of Wingate University. Tager also placed in the top 10, finishing eighth overall with a time of 27:49 after achieving a pace of 5:36.
Eric Gibbs also finished in the top 15 on the day, clocking in a 5:49 pace to finish with a time of 28:53 overall. Chris Shore placed 28th overall on the event with a time of 30:55, while Jourdane Landry rounded out the group with a 43rd place finish.
Hill continued her dominant freshman campaign, placing second overall in the women’s five-kilometer event, setting a mile pace of 6:24, crossing the line in 19:52, behind Wingate’s Keeley Wood. Canale, coming back strong from her freshman year, crossed the line fourth overall, two seconds behind Wingate’s Brianna Stevens with a time of 20:34.
Ariel Muiselaar and Heidi Kaartinen also finished in the top 30 in the event, with Muiselaar crossing the line in 23:21, finishing 21st overall while Kaartinen was 14 seconds behind in 26th overall. Ashley Lowe and Grace Meanor also took on the field, finishing 34th and 39th respectively as the Tornados recorded their highest finish in the 2011 season.
The Tornados are back on the course in two weeks as they travel down to Greenville, S.C. on Saturday, October 8th, as they take on the field at the Furman Invitational.