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."
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.