ROCK HILL, S.C. - Charleston Southern's women's cross country team took on the deep field at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday morning hosted by Winthrop University. The Buccaneers finished 32nd overall in their first team appearance in the regional meet under the direction of Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Jim Stintzi.
Freshman Caroline Inman led the Buccaneers in the event as CSU closed out one of the strongest seasons in program history. The Bucs finished third overall at the Big South Championships for their top finish since the 1987 season. Inman and Makennah Mills both earned All-Conference recognition at the Big South meet becoming the first CSU duo to achieve the mark since 1999.
Inman battled her way through the course to finish 86th overall in the field. The freshman closed out the six-kilometer event in 21:40.8 to cap a strong first year with the Buccaneers.
Mills averaged a 6:06-mile pace to finish 172nd overall on the course that wrapped around the Winthrop campus. Mills finished in 22:46.5 to close out her freshman campaign.
Bethany Thornhill was next across the finish line for CSU as the senior crossed the line in 24:02.9. Her time was good enough for 221st overall in the field.
Freshmen Zanelle Willemse and Darrian Cole were also among CSU's scorers in the event. Willemse finished 224th overall after crossing the line in 24:10.2. Cole was six spots back in 228th with a time of 24:25.5.
Rebecca Cadet wrapped up the Buccaneers on the course. The junior crossed the line in 242nd with a time of 25:48.9.