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Gamecocks Post Near Perfect Day in 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational
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Gamecocks Post Near Perfect Day in 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational

Sept. 17, 2016

ROCK HILL, S.C. – South Carolina claimed victory in the 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational Division I section on Saturday morning at the Winthrop Lake Course, coming three points away from a perfect score.

With 18 points, the Gamecocks cruised to the Division I title, besting the host Winthrop Eagles’ 46. USC Upstate finished third, a point ahead of Presbyterian.

Senior Mary Reiser paced the field with a time of 18:40.3 on the five-kilometer course, just off her pace from the Carolina Challenge two weeks earlier. Freshman Anna Kathryn Stoddard finished second at 18:47.3, shaving 12 seconds off her first collegiate race time. Redshirt junior Martha McCoy ranked fourth overall, just behind Winthrop’s Olivia Paxton while posting a time of 18:57.9. Sophomore Allison Mueller rounded out the top five with a 19:01.1, a near four-second improvement from the season opener.

Junior Kaylee Wessel rounded out the scoring in her first race of the year, finishing in 19:06.4, a new personal best. Junior Allie Sprague ranked ninth (19:21.4) and freshman Emily Crounse ranked 10th with her 19:22.7 clocking, a 16-second betterment in two weeks of work. Stoddard, Mueller, Wessel and Crounse all had collegiate-best timing as well as two others, junior Sarah Taylor (19:27.5, 11th) and Colleen Openshaw (19:49.7, 17th).

“I was very pleased with the team’s performance,” said Gamecock assistant coach for distance Andrew Allden. “It was a significant step up from two weeks ago. Mary did a really good job of taking the lead and pushing the pace. Anna Kathryn Stoddard continues to do a great job as our No. 2 again. She had a very strong last mile and ran faster than the first week. I feel like we did much better against our Division I foes than we did two weeks ago. I think this sets us up well for our next race.”

The Gamecocks continue the season in two weeks, running at the Notre Dame/Joe Piane Invitational on Sept. 30.

The top-10 finishers in the 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational

The top-10 finishers in the 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational

Winthrop/adidas Invitational 5K • Sept. 17, 2016
Winthrop Lake Course • Rock Hill, S.C.
South Carolina’s Times
1. Mary Reiser 18:40.3
2. Anna Kathryn Stoddard 18:47.3
4. Martha McCoy 18:57.9
5. Allison Mueller 19:01.1
6. Kaylee Wessel 19:06.4
9. Allie Sprague 19:21.4
10. Emily Crounse 19:22.7
11. Sarah Taylor 19:27.5
12. Monica York 19:30.4
14. Kayla Scott 19:39.3
15. Sarah-Sims McGrath 19:41.3
16. Leah Ford 19:46.8
17. Colleen Openshaw 19:49.7
20. Megan Buechler 20:17.5
21. Anna McElrath 20:36.5
23. Morgan Adams 20:39.6
29. Julia Nardone 20:55.2
36. Hannah Giangaspro 21:38.6