The College of Charleston men’s cross country teams made a dash to the finish line last weekend during the CofC Invitational. The team completed an 8k course around the Trophy Lakes on James Island Saturday Sept. 10th.
Their race started at 9am and 25:49 minutes later freshman Adam Seften crossed the finish line first for the Cougars, taking 3rd overall. Senior Eric Robertson was close behind clocking in at 25:53 minutes and taking 4th overall. The last Cougar to clock in less than 26 minutes was sophomore Andrew Nelson who crossed the finish in 25:56 minutes, placing 6th in the CofC Invite.
“I thought our men looked great,” said head coach Amy Seago. “From a perspective of having everyone racing and up and running we looked really good. We are only going to get better as the year goes on. We had some guys who we know can be much improved come Oct 29th.”
When asked if there had been follow through for some of the team goals at the CofC Invite, Seago felt the men made an affirmative step in their teamwork and accomplishments on Saturday.
“The guys, I think, got it done today. Obviously as tight as we can be as a pack is always the name of the game for cross country, so as many people as we can get close to number one as possible is key,” said Seago.
The Cougars had a large turnout in the 26 minute time range with four of them men clocking in at less than 27 minutes: Senior David Lamberson (26:09), sophomore Ross Ochs (26:33), senior Christain Baily (26:38), and senior Alexander Hill (26:39). Each had an overall finish of 8th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectively.
Seften, with the top finish for the Cougars, went into the race with mindset of teamwork to ensure that multiple Cougars could place in the top slots.
“Just stay with the top pack,” was Seften’s response to his mental game status before the race. “Everybody work together but I think that’s what we did for the first couple miles. Everybody, the whole team, was together, we had four or five guys in the pack and had it working like a pulley system, everybody pushing each other.”
Never to underestimate the value of teamwork in a racing sport, even during the final stretch of the course Seften said his mind was still focused on the ‘pulley system’ strategy the Cougars practice.
“Stay with the top guys; don’t fall back. Put a rope on them and hold on as long as you can and keep pushing all the way through,” said Seften about his mindset during the last leg of the race.
See the Cougars compete again in Charleston at the Citadel Invitational held Sept. 24th.