Cross Country and Track & Field add eight student-athletes for fall squad

Cross Country and Track & Field add eight student-athletes for fall squad

CHARLESTON, S.C. – After a successful 2018 season that saw top-four finishes in the Big South, Charleston Southern Director of Track & Field and Cross Country announced the addition of eight student-athletes Tuesday afternoon.

The Buccaneers added eight student-athletes to their rosters for the upcoming seasons including seven cross country and track athletes and one thrower.

CSU is coming off another strong showing in 2018 with the men's cross country team matching their highest finish in the Big South Conference since the 1994 season, taking home second-place honors. Meanwhile, the women's cross country team took home third-place honors tying the program record for highest finish.

Both track & field programs finished among the top-four at the Big South Outdoor Championships to cap off the 2019 season. The men's team made it back-to-back seasons with a third-place finish while the women's squad took finished fourth headlined by the Big South's Scholar Athlete of the Year Caroline Edmonson.

The men's squad added six distance runners to an already strong unit with five student-athletes placing among the top-20 in state competitions in both track & field and cross country events.

Jacob Jones was a Virginia State Indoor champion in the 500M and won the 4x800M relay event while Jaden Kingsley finished his high school career with two top-five finishes in the South Carolina 5A State Championship. Garret Ricardo also had a strong showing in the Florida 2A State meet taking home a top-five medal finish in the 800M and had a personal-best mark of 1:54.81 as an 800M participant.

Evan Crawford and Alan Deogracias also had strong showings at their respective state championship meets with Crawford finishing among the top-15 of the Alabama 7A cross country championship and 3200M event with the track & field squad. Meanwhile, Deogracias placed among the top-15 in the South Carolina state championships in cross country and turned-in a third-place finish in the 5A 3200M event.

2019-20 Charleston Southern Cross Country and Track & Field Recruiting Class

Jaden Kingsley—Chapin High School—Irmo, S.C.

  • Took home a top-three finish in the South Carolina 5A State Championships twice
  • Has a personal record of 4:26.17 for the mile
  • Personal record of 9:33.55 for the 3200M
  • Personal-best 15:50 for 5K while on the cross country team

Garrett Ricardo—Flanagan High School—Pembroke Pines, Fla.

  • Recorded a 5th place finish in the Florida 2A State Meet for the 800M
  • Turned in a personal best 1:54.81 in the 800M
  • Comes to CSU after posting a personal-best 4:16.37 time in the 1600M and 1:23.29 for the 600M

Jacob Jones—Fort Defiance High School –Fort Defiance, Va.

  • Won the VA State Indoor 500 M Championship at Fort Defiance High School
  • Finished as the VA State 3A 800 M runner-up
  • Part of a relay team that took home the Virginia State 3A 4 x 800 title
  • Has personal-best tomes of 1:06.00 in the 500M, 1:54.32 for the 800M, 4:29 in the 1600M, and 16:13 for the 5K as an XC runner

Ryan O'Hare- - Holly Springs High School, - Holly Springs, N.C.

  • Comes to CSU with a personal-best 4:33 time in the 1600M
  • Turned-in a 16:37 5K time for a career-best while at Holly Springs High School as a cross country runner

Evan Crawford—Enterprise High School—Enterprise, Ala.

  • Had a strong performance in the Alabama 7A State Cross Country Championships placing 15th
  • Also placed 15th in the Alabama 7A State 3200M event
  • Has a personal-best 4:36 time for the 1600M and 9:44 in the 3200M
  • Turned-in a career mark of 16:15 in the 5K as a cross country runner

Alan Deogracias—Blythewood High School—Blythewood, S.C.

  • Alan placed 14th in the South Carolina State Cross Country Championships as a member of the varsity squad at Blythewood High School
  • Had a podium finish with taking home 3rd-place honors in the South Carolina 5A State 3200M event with the track and field team
  • Posted a career-best time of 8:48.74 in the 3000M event and 15:37 5K

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