BREVARD N.C.– The Brevard College cross country teams will make the short trip to Black Mountain, N.C. when it participates in the South Atlantic Conference Championships Saturday morning on the campus of Montreat College.
The women’s 5K race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s 8K at approximately 10:15.
The men’s team will be paced by senior Josh Mower and freshman Marc DeLisle. DeLisle and Mower finished first and second in Division II, respectively, at the Greensboro XC Invitational Sept. 28.
On the women’s side, Caroline Christensen and Hannah Cook will lead the way. Cook received SAC Runner of the Week honors Oct. 1 following her performance in Greensboro. Cook clocked in the best DII time with a 19:25.93 mark in the 5K. Despite an injury-filled fall, Christensen has two top-30 finishes this season.
In 2012, the men finished fifth in the standings while the women’s team claimed a sixth place finish; marking their best finish since becoming a DII program. Cook and Patrick Helmick received all-conference recognition for their respective performances in last season’s race.
In the women’s championship, Lenoir-Rhyne will be looking to defend last year’s SAC title, which was the program’s third since 2008. The Bears are ranked ninth in the latest USTFCCCA Southeast Region poll.
Among the competitors in the women’s race will be reigning SAC Runner of the Year Keeley Wood of Wingate, who captured last season’s individual title with a time of 19.27. Behind Wood, Wingate has won team championships at four events in 2013 and is currently the top-ranked program in the USTFCCCA Southeast Region poll.
Also earning spots in the most recent USTFCCCA Southeast Region rankings are Queens at No. 7 and Anderson at No. 10.
On the men’s side, Mars Hill will attempt to continue its dominance of SAC cross country, as the Lions have won a record 16-straight conference titles. MHU enters the championship ranked No. 5 in the Southeast Region by the USTFCCCA.
Mars Hill is joined in the USTFCCCA Southeast Region rankings by No. 9 Lenoir-Rhyne, which finished third at the 2012 SAC Championship.
Wingate’s Steve Hammond will look to become just the fourth multiple-time SAC Male Runner of the Year in conference history on Saturday after winning last year’s individual title in a time of 26:26.
SAC men’s programs have won a pair of team championships this season, with Catawba capturing September’s Catawba Invitational and Lincoln Memorial finishing first at the recent Tiger Twilight Invitational.
Complete SAC Championship results will be available at theSAC.com shortly after the completion of Saturday’s races.