Oct. 12, 2007
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Clemson, SC – The women’s cross country team will make the short trip to Greenville on Saturday to take part in the Furman Invitational. The meet, which will cover a 5000m distance, will take place at 9:00 AM at the Furman University golf course. Clemson is one of 22 teams slated to compete in the meet.
The Lady Tigers have two team titles to their credit so far this season, including two weeks ago at East Carolina for the Pirate Invitational. Clemson also won at UNC-Wilmington’s Seahawk Invitational in early September. The Furman meet will serve as a final tune-up for the ACC Championships, which will be held October 27.
Last year, the Lady Tigers were sixth in the team race at the Furman Invitational. Leading the way was 2006 senior Patrice McMillan, who scored a top-10 finish in the individual race.
Jenna Baker, a freshman from Bellevue, OH, has been a pleasant surprise for Clemson this season. She has led the team in three straight meets, including a fourth-place finish last time out at East Carolina. Her top time this season has been 18:10, which was at the Pirate Invitational. She has been the most consistent harrier among Clemson’s freshman class.
Laura Laughlin continues to be a steady influence on the women’s team. She has three top-10 finishes in four meets this season, including a fourth-place effort at the season-opening Gamecock Invitational. She was sixth last time out at East Carolina.
Stephanie Buffo made her collegiate debut at the Commodore Classic in Vanderbilt on September 15 and turned in a solid performance. The Spartanburg, SC native followed that with a seventh-place finish at East Carolina. She had a 5K time of 18:33 at that meet.
Another freshman that has impressed this season is Abby Iselborn of Portland, ME. She has two top-10 results, including a 10th-place effort at the Pirate Invitational two weeks ago. Joanie Castagno of New Castle, DE has an eighth-place finish this season (Seahawk Invitational) and has been close to scoring on more than one occasion.
Sunday Ford has been a scorer in all four meets this season for the Lady Tigers. Her top performance was an eighth-place finish and time of 18:45.3 at the Gamecock Invitational. She has a total of three top-10 finishes this season.
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