Metrolina Christian Alum Wins All-Academic Honors in Cross Country

Breeden and Long pace Bucs at Big South Championship

BOILING SPRINGS, N .C. – Charleston Southern sophomores Caleb Breeden and Zach Long helped the Bucs to a ninth place finish in blustery conditions at Saturday’s Big South Conference Cross Country Championship, hosted by Gardner-Webb University. CSU tallied 289 points to finish ninth, while High Point took home the Big South Championship with 27 points.

High Point ran away with the title, finishing ahead of Liberty (52 points) and third-place Campbell (75 points). CSU continued its season-long improvement by finishing ahead of Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian. High Point junior Jeff LaCoste captured the individual crown, crossing the finish line in 24:59.30.

Breeden, who was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team, persevered through difficult conditions to take home 55th place. Breeden built off a strong effort in the College of Charleston Invitation to beat the 29:30 mark with a final time of 29:24.10. Classmate Zach Long, who paced CSU for much of the year, placed 58th with a finish of 29:46.80.

CSU freshman Caleb Edgehill also exhibited future promise for assistant coach for distance and jumps Sirena William’ squad. Edgehill narrowly came in under the 30-minute mark, placing 61st.

All of the Big South Conference award winners are listed below.

2014 Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year

Jeff LaCoste, High Point

2014 Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year

Jacob Kipserem, Campbell

2014 Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year

Mike Esposito, High Point

2014 Men’s Cross Country All-Conference Team

Jeff LaCoste, High Point

Jacob Kipserem, Campbell

Chris Colo, High Point

Titus Koech, Liberty

James Quattlebaum, High Point

Sam Hibbs, Liberty

Evan Darm, Campbell

Reece Ayers, High Point

Joseph Keitt, Coastal Carolina

Ryan Udvadia, High Point

Josh Showalter, Liberty

Paddy Grandinali, High Point

2014 Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team

Anthony Hughes, Campbell

Caleb Breeden, Charleston Southern

Evan Niciphor, Coastal Carolina

Reece Ayers, High Point

Will Templeton, Liberty

Russell Reed, Longwood

Reid McCandless, Presbyterian College

Caleb Smith, UNC Asheville

Blake White, Winthrop

2014 Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Reece Ayers, High Point

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