The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's cross country team claimed the top two individual places -- and three of the top five -- on its way to a second-place team finish at the Columbia International University Invitational on Saturday.
Junior Melissa Carder led the Sand Sharks on a difficult course, finishing the 5-kilometer race in 20 minutes, 25 seconds to edge senior teammate Joyce Miller (21:12) for the individual crown. Freshman Jaime Thomas (21:57) rounded out the top five.
The trio led USCB to a team score of 43 in the six-team meet, five points behind NCAA Division II North Greenville.
"It was good," USCB coach Larry Kimball said. "The course was really tough -- probably the toughest I've seen down here -- and we were about a minute and a half slower than we normally would be. We found out what we need to work on between now and Oct. 26, when we host the Sand Shark Invitational."
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Senior Melissa Labelle (23:57) finished 17th, followed by senior Sarah Turrubiate (24:28) in 20th and junior Meleah Powers (24:32) in 22nd. Sophomores Rachelle Toth (26:51) and Cassie Beato (29:32) rounded out the lineup.
The Sand Sharks are back in action next Saturday at The Citadel Invitational in Charleston, where the men and women will compete.