CONCORD, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive men won the 2015 Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championship at Frank Liske Park in Concord, N.C. on Friday afternoon. Mount Olive's Eugenio Gil took the individual title in the men's 8K race to earn Runner of the Year honors.
Mount Olive registered a perfect score of 15, landing runners in the top six spots and seven out of the top 10. Coming in second was King with a score of 62, while Limestone finished with a score of 113. Lees-McRae finished narrowly ahead of North Greenville in fourth with 130 points and 132 points, respectively. In sixth-place was Barton with 139 points and Belmont Abbey tallied 175 points for seventh. Rounding out the field was Pfeiffer and Erskine in eighth and ninth place with 205 and 232 points, respectively.
Individually, Eugenio Gil came in first after running the race in 26:06.0 to capture Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year honors, while teammate Erwan Le Scouarne finished 13th overall with a time of 27:55.9 to claim Freshman of the Year recognition.
Mount Olive head coach, Matt van Lierop, was named Conference Carolinas coach of the year after leading the No. 14 nationally ranked Trojans to their fourth straight conference championship.
The top 15 finishers were named All-Conference selections:
2015 Conference Carolinas Men's All-Conference Teams
All-Conference First Team
Eugenio Gil, Mount Olive
Jonathan Dahlke, Mount Olive
Mike Munoz, Mount Olive
Fredric Lang, Mount Olive
Jacob Urys, Mount Olive
Joel Lagat, Barton
Tanner Cook, King
Pol Domenech-Ferrer, Mount Olive
Charles Ramos, King
All-Conference Third Team
Conference Carolinas Tournament Champion:
University of Mount Olive
Runner of the Year:
Eugenio Gil, Mount Olive
Freshman of the Year:
Erwan Le Scouarne, Mount Olive
Coach of the Year:
Matt van Lierop, Mount Olive
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 12 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Southern Wesleyan. Emmanuel College and Southern Wesleyan University are currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.