ROCK HILL (S.C) – The West Virginia Wesleyan women's cross country raced to the team title today here in the small school division of the Adidas Classic Saturday morning.
The Bobcat men posted a runner-up finish in their race.
Winthrop University hosted the meet that included seven Division I schools and 12 non-Division I teams.
In the larger race, the Bobcat and the Lady Bobcat teams waged an exciting battle with Georgia College.
Four different Wesleyan women made the top ten podium.
They were senior Sydney Pineault (3rd, 19:09), junior Joie Johnston (4th, 19:46) and the freshmen tandem of Michaela Peterson (5th, 19:49) and Madison Frame (6th, 19:51). Sophomore Brooke Phelps closed the team's scoring, placing 22nd in 22:06. There 84 runners in the small school division race.
Wesleyan's women won with 35 points, with Georgia College in second with 42. Spartanburg Methodist was third at 125.
On the men's side, senior Matt Dearth captured the individual title in the men's race, leading a field of 69 runners in that division. The captain navigated the 8K layout in 26:40.
Junior Adam Romano rounded out the scoring and just missed the podium, placing 13th in a personal best of 28:34.
Georgia College won the men's race with 29 points with Wesleyan close behind at 37. Newberry was third with 93.
"I am very proud of the race efforts we put forth today," head coach Jesse Skiles said. "We made some large strides in several areas. We had some athletes hit some personal bests and make some major improvements. We also had some freshmen make some solid impacts."
Skiles and the Wesleyan harriers return to action on Sept. 30 at the Greater Louisville Classic.