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Men's Cross Country

Clem and Rama Shine at Hagan Stone

Clem and Harman starting off their first laps.
Clem and Harman starting off their first laps.

For immediate release – 10/1/2016 - #063
Clem and Rama Shine at Hagan Stone

PLEASANT GARDEN, NC – The Randolph College cross country teams competed at the Hagan Stone Classic on Saturday, with several records falling on both the women's and men's side.  The women's team was led by Taylor Rama, while the men had a top performance from Alex Clem.

The Hagan Stone Classic is a massive invitational that features college, high school, and middle school teams throughout the region, competing in races of different lengths. Rama and Sophia Dill ran for the WildCats women's side and were very successful in the 5K.  Rama crossed the line in 21:43.6, which was a new career-best for her.  That time also had several impressive feats.  It was the seventh fastest in school history and placed her sixth in the DIII division.  She would have finished seventh among DI runners, and 10th in the Division II section.

Dill also had a great showing, completing the course in 23:47.9.  It gave her 22nd out of 54 Division III harriers, and it beat a DI and several DII runners.  The time was a new season-best.

On the men's side, Clem led a trio of 'Cats in the 8K.  Clem followed last week's impressive showing at the Virginia 4-Miler with an even better performance this weekend.  Clem won the Division III portion of the race, stopping the clock in a career-best 27:41.87, beating his previous best by a minute and a half.  The mark also happened to be the second-fastest in program history.  The time also would have been 15th overall, beating several runners from DI, DII, and major JUCOs.

John Coffron and Drew Harman were the other two men to compete during the day.  Both of them continued to show their improvement, breaking their previous PRs by substantial amounts.  Coffron finished 23rd in the DIII/Small College Division after completing the race in 34:34.83.  He broke his previous best by nearly four minutes.  Harman defeated several runners, including one DI harrier, stopping the clock at 36:22.44.  It was a new best by over two minutes.

After the successful weekend, Randolph will get its first break of the season.  The WildCats will next run at the Gettysburg Invitational on October 15.