SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Furman cross country teams opened the 2011 season Friday night at the Eye Opener Meet in Spartanburg, S.C. The Paladins won the women's meet with a score of 51 points, edging out Clemson by four points, while the men's team scored 62 points for a third place finish. Clemson won the men's meet with a score of 47 points.
On the women's 5K course, senior Erin Barker placed third to lead the Paladins with a time of 17:58. Freshman Sinead Haughey finished sixth with a time of 18:12, followed by senior Brooke Mosteller in 17th place, also with a time of 18:12. Senior Chloe Kowalski took 15th place at 19:02, while sophomore Erika Shaver rounded out the Furman scorers with a time of 19:24 for 20th place. Sophomore Kacie Schoen placed 24th with a time of 19:45, and freshman Emily Zizzi notched a 27th place finish after turning in a time of 19:48.
Senior Lee Gilmer led the Furman men's team, placing third with a time of 25:51 on the 8K course, followed by junior Wilkerson Given in fourth place with a time of 25:56. Senior Chris Caldwell also turned in a top-10 finish, taking seventh place with a time of 26:07. Freshman Tripp Hurt recorded a 17th place finish at 26:48, while fellow rookie William Ivey completed the Paladin scorers after placing 31st with a time of 27:29. Sophomore Tyler Greathouse placed 41st with a time of 27:45, while senior Jay Miller recorded a 51st-place finish at 28:04.
Furman will compete at the Clemson Invitational on September 16.