CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's cross country team finished 13th among 30 teams in the small-school division, and the men were 18th among 28 teams at the Queens Royal XC Challenge on Friday at McAlpine Creek Park.
Junior Melissa Carder paced the USCB women, finishing 18th and reclaiming her school record from senior teammate Joyce Miller with a time of 18:26 on the 5-kilometer course. Miller, who broke Carder's previous school mark with a time of 18:44 last weekend at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival, finished 24th in 18:51. Freshman Jaime Thomas was the next Sand Shark across the line, placing 76th in 20:03, followed by senior Melissa Labelle (139th, 21:36), senior Sarah Turrubiate (145th, 21:43), sophomore Rachelle Toth (207th, 24:11) and sophomore Cassie Beato (215th, 24:54).
Junior Anthony Vecchio led USCB in the 8K men's race, finishing 11th in 25:44 -- the fourth-best time in school history. Vecchio now owns three of USCB's top four marks all-time. Freshman Nic O'Neill was 38th in 26:39 followed by junior Chase Rhodus (116th, 28:43), freshman Connor Appel (199th, 33:39), sophomore Matthew Harper (203rd, 34:35) and freshman Darryl Dunham (222nd, 38:38).
Next up for USCB is the Asics Sand Shark Invitational presented by Mortgage Network, which is set for Oct. 26 at the Hardeeville School Complex.