ECU Cross Country Sweeps Pirate Invitational
Sept. 27, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. – For the fifth consecutive season, the East Carolina men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Pirate Invitational, as both squads recorded perfect scores in their respective 5K races at Lake Kristi Friday evening.
"Both teams performed really well scoring a perfect 15 sweeping the top five spots," said head coach Dan Lee.
The men’s team claimed each of the top seven spots and nine of the top 10, led by redshirt junior Chase Miller who won the men’s race for the second straight season with a time of 15:32.26. Senior Jakub Trzasalski finished in second place just two second behind Miller at 15:34.30, while redshirt sophomore Brather Cline took third in 16:01.77.
"Chase [Miller] followed up his new 5K school record (last week) with another strong race in front of the home crowd," Lee said. "The guys behind him raced really well, which sets us up well for the Paul Short Invite nest week."
Following the Pirates’ perfect score of 15 was North Carolina Central with 50 points, ahead of third-place Shaw University.
On the women’s side, redshirt senior Brooke Kott claimed her second victory of the season with a time of 18:02.53 – a whole 33 and one-half seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in teammate Sydney Teague (18:36.09). Newcomer Caitlyn Sheva claimed third place in 18:50.73, crossing the finish line just ahead of redshirt junior Olivia Slate who timed in at 18:50.94, and freshman Emily Grimes who stopped the clock at 18:51.48.
Teague, Sheva and Grimes - all first-year runners - recorded top-five finishes.
"The team is deeper with talent than ever before and the competition for the top seven spots at conference is going to be tighter than ever before," said Lee. "I really don't know what order to expect them to finish each week.
"Even though the tight competition is exciting, I'd like to see a couple close the gap on Brooke. We really need to close that gap to really have a chance at the team goals for the end of the season."
North Carolina Central finished second in the team standings with 48 points, while Shaw University placed third.
East Carolina will return to action next Friday, Oct. 5 when it travels north to Bethlehem, Pa., for the prestigious Paul Short Invitational. The meet will be hosted by Lehigh University.