Cross Country Opens the Season at Covered Bridge Invitational
Aug 29, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina cross country program kicks off the 2013 season at the Covered Bridge Invitational hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. on Friday, August 30.
The Pirates are looking to build on one of their most successful seasons in program history as the women's squad won two meets and finished ninth at the NCAA Southeast Regional in the 6K race in 2012. The Lady Pirates' ninth-place team finish marked its highest ranking at an NCAA Regional event in school history.
This year, ECU returns redshirt senior Cory Hampshire, who notched a personal-best time of 32:56.90 in the men's 10K at the NCAA Southeast Regional last season, and senior Stefanie Fresenius, who placed 50th out of 255 competitors at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a time of 21:49.27 to set a new personal record. Hampshire and Fresenius are among a handful of student-athletes returning for the Pirates this season who will make a positive contribution to the squad.
"I'm looking forward to opening our season at the Covered Bridge Invitational," Head coach Dan Lee stated. "It's a good meet to knock the summer rust off the legs. We have a really fun group to coach. The freshmen are gelling with the upperclassmen and showing a lot of promise, yet still have a lot to learn. The good news is: we have a lot of good teachers in the returning group after having one of our best seasons in ECU history last year."
In addition to a number of returners, ECU has also welcomed several newcomers including, but not limited to, freshman John Crossley, a 2013 New Balance Champion in the 800-meter, who holds the North Carolina State record in the event with a time of 1:48.01, and freshman Emily Grimes, who was a 2012 Footlocker South Region Qualifier and placed 13th in the 2012 North Carolina State Cross Country Championships.
"It's a long season beginning with summer base training," Lee said. "I'm really looking forward to seeing how the team develops. The goal is to keep their focus on the process and aim towards the end of the season. If they dot their I's and cross their T's, I think we could have a really special year."
After the Covered Bridge Invitational, the Pirates will head to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the Seahawk Invitational on Friday, September 6.