Charlotte, N.C. – The Coker cross country teams competed in the 2009 Conference Carolinas Championships at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday afternoon. The Cobra women placed ninth out of 12 teams, while the Cobra men were 11th out of 11 teams.

Freshman Samantha Fletcher (Pompton Lakes, N.J.) was the highest finisher for the Cobras, placing 16th overall with a time of 20:32 on the 5,000-meter course. Fletcher’s time was just two seconds short of placing her on the All-Conference third team. Following Fletcher was Dana Daves (York, S.C.) with a time of 21:41, while Aliese Gregory (Aiken, S.C.) came in at 22:26. Alex Ochoa (Pamplico, S.C.) came in at 22:31 and Amy Jones (Hurricane, W. Va.) and Caitlyn Driscoll (Grand Island, N.Y.) finished at 23:36 and 25:34 respectively.

On the men’s side, Britian Tomlinson (Rock Hill, S.C.) led the Cobra men with a time of 30:59, followed by Quinn Wenger (Sumter, S.C.) with a time of 32:43. Austin McJunkins (Walhalla, S.C.) completed the 8,000-meter course in 33:28, while Thad Sulek (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Andrew Caputa (Germany) finished with times of 35:49 and 36:27 respectively.

The Cobra runners will now prepare for the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional meet at Wingate University on Saturday, Nov. 7.