XC Preview: Young Bucs look to make noise at the NCAA Southeast Regionals

XC Preview: Young Bucs look to make noise at the NCAA Southeast Regionals

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern's women's cross country team heads back to the NCAA Southeast Regionals as the Buccaneers take on the field at Winthrop University on Friday morning.

Time
The women's six-kilometer race is set to begin at 11 a.m. on the campus of Winthrop University.

Results
Results for the event can be found live on Flash Results with the link posted on the CSUSports.com women's cross country schedule. (Live Results Link)

Meet Preview
Charleston Southern's women's cross country team made major strides throughout the 2018 season heading into the Big South Conference Championships. The Bucs boasted one of the youngest rosters at the conference championship with three freshmen finishing among the top 30 in the race.

The Buccaneers finished third overall at the conference championships. It tied for the best finish in program history and was the first time CSU was among the top-three since 1987. Freshmen Caroline Inman and Makennah Mills both finished in the top-10 to earn All-Conference recognition.

Last season, the Buccaneers sent two representatives to the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Georgina Russell and Taylor Barnes. This season, the Bucs will field a full roster as CSU takes on runners from 41 different institutions on Friday morning.

Inman continues to lead CSU's efforts heading into this weekend's regionals. The Lexington, Ky. native has been the Bucs' top performer in all five races this season and finished sixth overall at the conference championships.

Mills added her third top-10 finish of the season to also earn All-Conference recognition at the conference championships. Mills did not finish below 15th overall in a race in 2018 and joins Inman to provide a strong 1-2 punch atop the CSU lineup.

Bethany Thornhill, Zanelle Williams, and Javenique McDowell rounded out the scorers for CSU at the Big South meet. Thornhill was 22nd in the field and earned All-Academic recognition. Willemse was 26th, while McDowell finished 31st.

Joining the Bucs on the course will also be freshman Darrian Cole, junior Rebecca Cadet, and sophomore Taylor Barnes.

Up Next
Should the Buccaneers advance, CSU will travel to Madison, Wis. for the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin on Saturday, November 17.

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