Bucs record best finish since 1987 at Big South Women's Cross Country Championships

Bucs record best finish since 1987 at Big South Women's Cross Country Championships

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. - Paced by Caroline Inman and Makennah Mills' top-10 finishes, Charleston Southern's women's cross country team continued its run of success this season with a third-place finish at the 2018 Big South Women's Cross Country Championships.

CSU recorded its best finish since 1987 and tied for the best finish in program history on Friday morning. The Bucs' third-place finish equaled the mark set in both the 1986 and 1987 seasons as CSU continues its ascent under the tutelage of Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Jim Stintzi and Women's Cross Country Coach Aaron Iaun.

Inman and Mills' All-Conference recognitions marked the first time CSU had two athletes earn postseason recognition since 1999 and the sixth time in program history the Bucs had multiple athletes earn All-Conference honors.

Senior Bethany Thornhill earned Big South All-Academic recognition at the conference meet. Thornhill boasts a 3.968 GAP while majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife.

CSU (91) finished behind 2018 champion High Point (23) and runner-up Campbell (55). UNC Asheville (106) and USC Upstate (160) rounded out the top five.

Inman continued her strong 2018 season finishing sixth overall in the field with a time of 18:39.6. It marked her third top-10 finish of the season as the Lexington, Ky. native led the Buccaneers in all five races she competed in this year.

Mills added her third top-10 finish of the season placing 10th overall in the field to earn All-Conference recognition. The freshman did not finish below 15th overall this year in crossing the line in 18:48.7.

Bethany Thornhill was the third Buccaneer across the finish line. The senior crossed the line in 19:46.1 to place 22nd overall in the field.

Freshman Zanelle Willemse finished 26th overall in the field and was the fourth Buccaneers to finish the race. She crossed the line in 20:00.9.

Javenique McDowell rounded out the group of scorers for CSU on Friday morning. The sophomore crossed the line in 20:18.5 to place 31st overall.

Rebecca Cadet and Darrian Cole also added top-45 finishes for CSU in the meet. Cadet crossed the line 36th overall in 20:34.4, while Cole finished 41st in 20:41.3.

Taylor Barnes and Grace Schvaneveldt closed out CSU's competitors in Kernersville. Barnes (69th) crossed the line in 22:05.2, while Schvaneveldt was 72nd overall in 22:21.9.

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