CHARLESTON, S.C. - The CSU Men's Cross Country team took second overall at Saturday's Will Wilson/The Citadel Invitational finishing with 58 points and in a tie with South Carolina State.
Freshman Zachary Long led the Bucs with a fifth-place finish following a time of 28:16. Fellow freshman Caleb Breeden finished in ninth, logging a time of 28:30 as CSU's second Top 10 finisher. Junior Kuaniyal Chol ran a 29:51.
The Citadel won the event with 16 points.
CSU coach Ryan Thompson saw improvement from his young Buccaneer squad.
"We are in a situation with the guys were we have a lack of depth," said Thompson. "Each race we are going to have a different group of five with one guy sitting out so that the group I have at the conference meet will be the fastest five. So right now, we have a pretty decent shot at sneaking up on a few conference teams. In order to do that, we are going to have to be really conservative. It is going to look like we aren't progressing very well. But I told the guys, "be patient," and "lets just train through the season and make it through November 2nd [Big South Conference Championship meet]."
Because the focus remains on the Big South Conference Championship meet, Thompson said the Men's team will be challenged on Wednesday at the Gamecock Invite. "The guys, to keep preparing for the super hilly course at VMI, are going to race at South Carolina this Wednesday. They are running at Fort Jackson. That course has a pretty big hill on it. So the guys are going to go there and use it as practice. It will count as one of our calendar meets, but we are going to think of it as practice and continue to improve and focus on November 2nd."
CSU returns to action midweek racing at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C.