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"Run Forrest Run" - CCU Cross Country

Molly Jones at the Chanticleer Challenge. Photo Courtesy Joerell Fulmore.

Coastal Carolina University's cross country team is crushing their competitors and polishing their skills for the upcoming track and field season in the spring semester.

The team raced at their 3rd meet of the season, hosting The Chanticleer Challenge at the Hackler Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 1.

CCU cross country coach (as well track and field multi-event/pole vault coach) Ben Yocum, believes both the men and the women’s teams “have been performing phenomenally.”

“This meet was the best Division 1 cross country meet in the state this year. Having this level of competition is something great to look forward to,” Yocum said.

The women's team competed and placed 6th out of 13 schools as a whole. CCU sophomore Molly Jones placed 12th overall, out of the 87 students that competed. Jones also smashed her personal record by a whole minute. Jones has been doing cross country since she was seven years old, even running indoor track and field, among other sports.

“When I look at a course, it can look like a really hard race. But I just get into it. During the race, I will look at my watch and see that I am actually going to get a good time. It’s a good feeling,” Jones said.

Jones will also be taking part in the Coastal Carolina track and field season this spring.

CCU freshman Garrett Bivens was among the top finishers of the men’s team. Coastal Carolina’s men and women’s cross country team will venture to the Pirate invitational this Friday, Oct. 15 in Greenville, North Carolina.

“The mental aspect to the sport (cross country) is crucial to understanding, knowing your competition and your own teammates is a huge factor,” Sandy Fowler, Coastal Carolina’s track and field director said.

Fowler is looking forward to the skills that both teams will bring to their anticipated Sun Belt Championship meet, taking place on Oct. 29.

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