News release from UNCW:
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The UNCW men's and women's cross country teams compete for the third straight week on Friday when the Seahawks travel to Greenville, N.C., to participate in the ECU Pirate Invitational.
The Seahawks will be joined by the host Pirates and South Florida in the 5K race at scenic Lake Kristi. The women race at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 6 p.m.
Lake Kristi is a man-made lake designed primarily for water skiing. Located on 300 acres, its cross country course features a soft pine needle wooded loop with rolling hills and gives spectators an outstanding view of the competition.
"It's a beautiful course and we haven't been there in a few years," said Layne Schwier, UNCW's interim head coach. "We're excited about competing at Lake Kristi. We've had a solid four weeks of training and other than a few nagging injuries, things have been going fairly well.
"We've had a break in the heat and humidity this week and look forward to future training. With six weeks remaining before the CAA Championships, we're in the middle of training hard and simply trying to get better each day."
The Seahawk men's team is coming off its first victory in 29 races after winning the Coastal Carolina Invitational one week ago in Conway, S.C. Sophomore Alex Boseman (Millbrook HS/Raleigh, N.C.) was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Co-Runner of the Week after finishing first at the meet for his first collegiate victory.
"Our men continue to race stronger each week," said Schwier. "We followed a solid race plan and got a good team result last week. We will need to continue to race faster and faster each week as our competition gets stronger each week.
"We will have our hands full and need to take another step forward to be competitive this week. It may be a small race, but we'll have all the competition we need at this point in the season."
The Seahawk women, meanwhile, are battling the injury bug heading into the ECU race. Sophomore Sarah Hamon (Cary Academy/Apex, N.C.) led the team for the second straight meet at CCU and will anchor the unit again in Greenville.
"Our women are a little banged up right now," said Schwier. "We don't have very good depth, but we'll race hard. Like the men, we'll be looking to take our racing up another notch against some solid competition. We'll have a tough time, but we need the challenge to bring out our best."
Lake Kristi has hosted numerous cross country races through the years, including four NCAA Regionals and a pair of Conference USA championship meets. The venue was the site of the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regional Championships as well as the 2001 and 2006 C-USA Championships.