CofC women’s cross country take runners up to Elon

Freshman Hayley McMahon runs in the CofC Invite, placing 1st for the Cougars and 6th overall (Lynsey Cichon/GSO)

The College of Charleston women’s cross country team competed in CofC Invitational Sept. 10th, placing runner up to Elon.

Freshman Hayley McMahon was the only one of the Cougar’s to clock in under 19 minutes, finishing in 18:48 minutes, placing 6th overall.

The next group to come in for the Cougar’s were: senior Kristen Wolfe (19:08), sophomore McKenna Nokes (19:18), and Dannielle Hobbs (19:19), each with a 10th, 11th, and 12th place finish, respectively.

Head coach Amy Seago was pleased with the women as a whole and sees the depth of their 19 minute range runners improving and growing as more people step onto the course later in the year.

“We were second place overall. We held some key people out who are going to make a big difference for us to have as many people in the 19:30 range,” said Seago.

The runners that targeted close to the 19:30 range for the Cougars were freshman Danielle Sams (19:28), sophomore Dana Walsh (19:33), and senior Callen Powers (19:36), each placing 15th, 18th, and 20th, respectively.

Seago saw the women’s making progress at the CofC Invite and she will add another leader to the pack later in the season: Dena O’Brien.

“The women really did a pretty good job too. Our number one spread is going to probably spread a little bit more when Dena comes in because of her past PR,” said Seago.

Sophomore Dena O’Brien did not race the past two weekends for the Cougars and some returning runners from the men’s team raced for the first time this weekend. Seago sees this as practice to help the longevity of the runner and a way to expand their season’s potential.

“There is a lot of times where we race too much, so we are doing some different things in training and holding them out of races so can get a little more volume in and a little more intensity in training so its to pay off later on in the end of the season,” said Seago.

See the Cougars compete again in Charleston at the Citadel Invitational held Sept. 24th.

Follow the women’s cross country team, as well as the rest of College of Charleston athletics, at www.cisternyard.com/sports and get live updates from @GeorgeStSports on Twitter.

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