CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern's women's cross country team takes on the rest of the Big South on Friday morning as the Buccaneers travel to Kernersville, N.C. for the 2018 Conference Championships.
The women's five-kilometer course is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex.
Results for the race will be hosted on AthleticLive and will be posted following the conclusion of the race on Friday morning.
Coach Aaron Iaun's team has posted three top-five finishes this season, including at the HPU Vertcross Invitational. Freshman Caroline Inman has been CSU's top overall finisher in four different races this season and leads a young team that has seen at least three freshman finish among the Bucs' top five in each race.
The Buccaneers look to improve on their performance last season after finishing seventh in the conference standings following the championships at Liberty. CSU features several returners that will be looking to help guide a mostly youthful team to a place among the tops in the conference.
Inman has been the standout in 2018 for the CSU women's roster. The Lexington, Ky. native has finished tops among the Bucs' runners in each of the four races she has competed in this season. This includes a second-place individual result at the Buccaneer Open to start the season, as well as a top-10 finish at the Charleston Classic and a top-15 result at the High Point Vertcross Invitational.
Fellow freshman Makennah Mills has also been among the leaders for CSU this season. Mills joined the Bucs as a two-time All-State selection at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama. Mills has posted a pair of top-10 finishes in 2018 including a third-place finish at the season-opening Buccaneer Open. She added a sixth-place finish at the Charleston Classic.
Another member of the talented freshman class, Zanelle Willemse was a key member of the Buccaneers winning the team title at the season-opening Buccaneer Open. She's posted two top-20 finishes in 2018, including a season-best seventh-place finish at the Buccaneer Open.
Bethany Thornhill and Rebecca Cadet have also been among CSU's leaders this season and provide added depth and experience to the roster in 2018. Javenique McDowell and Taylor Barnes are also back for CSU, while freshmen Darrian Cole and Sarah Taylor have also pressed for placement in the top five this year.
The Buccaneers finished fifth overall at the recent High Point Vertcross Invitational hosted on the course of the Big South Championships. CSU finished behind fellow conference members High Point and Campbell in the meet, but topped Radford, Presbyterian, and Longwood.