Cross Country Opens 2023 With Dominant Wins

Cross Country Opens 2023 With Dominant Wins

CONCORD, N.C. – The UNC men’s and women’s cross country teams both took home first-place finishes on Friday morning in a season-opening meet with Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte at Frank Liske Park.

Racing on a 5K course in the Charlotte Opener, the Tar Heels placed five of the top six finishers on the men’s side and claimed the top four spots on the women’s side.

Carolina captured the men’s and women’s win with 20 points each. Charlotte tallied 35 points in the men’s race and 39 in the women’s to finish second, while Queens scored 85 points in each race to place third.

Sophomore Eva Klingbeil crossed the finish line first to post her first collegiate win with a time of 13:46.5, four-tenths of a second ahead of teammate Fatima Alanis (13:46.9). Less than a second behind Alanis was Brynn Brown in 13:47.6, followed by Ava Dodbson in fourth with a time of 13:50.6 to give UNC a sweep of the top four spots. Makayla Paige, Ella Auderset and Madison Huecker each placed inside the top 20.

On the men’s side, Charlotte’s Nick Scudder took first in 14:42.7, but Tar Heels captured the next six and seven of the next nine individual finishers.

Parker Wolfe was the top UNC finisher at No. 2 in 14:45.6, followed by Ethan Strand in third at 14:45.9, Colton Sands in fourth at 14:46.3, Alex Phillip in fifth at 14:46.7, and Jake Gebhardt in sixth at 14:47.0. Sully Shelton finished ninth in 14:57.2 and Aiden Neal was 10th in 14:58.2. Luke Wiley, Michael Spragley and Gitch Hayes each finished inside the top 18.

The Tar Heels are back in action in two weeks at the adidas XC Challenge on Friday, Sept. 15 and will be held in Cary, N.C., at the WakeMed Soccer Park Cross Country Course.


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