ELON, North Carolina – The UNCW men raced to sixth place and the women came in ninth early Saturday at the Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at the Elon University Cross Country Course.
The Seahawks, competing on the rolling course for the second time this season, were led by senior Calvin Daughtry and freshman Emme Fisher for the fifth time in as many races. The teams kicked off their seasons back on Sept. 2 with the Elon Opener. A senior from Wilmington, Daughtry turned in his best finish in the conference race in four seasons, coming in 15th place with a time of 26:12 over the 8K layout. Fisher, a newcomer from Morehead City, N.C, covered the 6K course in 23:07, good enough for 42nd place.
“Things didn’t go quite as well as we hoped,” said Layne Schwier, UNCW’s head coach. “For the men, we had good results from two guys – Calvin Daughtry and Evan Jones. We were very happy for Calvin because he reached his goal of being in the top-20, and that’s a big accomplishment for him.
“For the women, it was a mixed bag. We’re young and aren’t 100 percent healthy. We’ll learn from this and get stronger next year. In a few years, we can be a very competitive team. “Kelsey (Kiser) had a great race and Kyle (Knavish) made it through the season healthy and finished strong.” William & Mary continued its domination of CAA men’s cross country by winning its 18th consecutive crown with 23 points. The Tribe was followed by Northeastern (59), Elon (93), Charleston (98), Hofstra (133) and UNCW (143). W&M’s J.P. Trojan beat out teammates Ryan McGorty and Dawson Connell for the individual men’s title with a time of 25:01.
In the women’s race, James Madison featured three of the top four runners to lock down first place with 26 points. William & Mary (73), Elon (80), Delaware (103), Northeastern (122), Charleston (138), Towson (180), Hofstra (220) and UNCW (240) trailed the frontrunners.
JMU’s Nora Raher paced the field with a time of 21:26, just ahead of Northeastern’s Louiza Wise at 21:30.
Men's Team Standings | CAA Championships| Oct. 28, 2017 - William & Mary, 23; Northeastern, 59; Elon, 93; Charleston, 98; Hofstra, 133; UNCW, 143
UNCW Men Individual Standings | CAA Championships | Oct. 28, 2017 Calvin Daughtry, 15., 26:12; Evan Jones, 19., 26:36; Seamus Donahue, 46., 30:09; Carter Venancio, 47., 30:39; Alex Boggs, 48., 31:49;
Women's Team Standings | CAA Championships | Oct. 28, 2017 James Madison, 26; William & Mary, 73; Elon, 80; Delaware, 103; Northeastern, 122; Charleston, 138; Towson, 180; Hofstra, 220; UNCW, 240.
UNCW Women Individual Standings | CAA Championships | Oct. 13, 2017 Emme Fisher, 42., 23:07; Kelsey Kiser, 53., 23:44; Haley Smithwick, 59., 24:06; Kyle Knavish, 65., 24:24; Julia Ledgett, 74., 25:14; Leah Behrends, 78., 25:41; Eryn Clark, 79., 25:49; Sierra Koehler, 80., 25:55; Morgan Shires, 81., 26:15; Cameron Smithwick, 82., 26:32.
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