Senior Chris Stafford (Dutch Fork High School, SC) has signed a Letter of Intent to compete for the Cavalier's cross country and track program next year. Stafford brings stellar credentials and stands as one of the Cavalier's top recruits for the upcoming year. As a high school junior, Stafford posted times of 4:26 over 1600 meters and 9:44 over 3200 meters, and his time of 4:35 at the South Carolina Outdoor Track and Field State Championships was good enough for 7th place overall in the 4A division. As a senior, Stafford ran a personal best 5K cross country time of 15:29, and broke the 16:00 barrier on four separate occasions.
The Cavalier ladies brought home the AAC Champion of Character award for the 2012 Cross Country season, continuing a tradition of Cavalier excellence. "When I took this job, I was impressed with the number of Champion of Character awards that the program had won in it's short history," said Coach Herbert. "I think that speaks volumes about Coach Larios and Coach Snyder and the work they did before me, and it's a tradition that I will work to continue. The competition for the award this year was as high as I've ever seen as the teams in our conference are constantly finding ways to serve and support their communities. We don't serve for an award or any recognition, but when I hear the other coaches in the conference talking and describing all the service projects they've incorporated into their busy semesters, it's really humbling to be chosen as the top of that group. The AAC has a collection of schools that care about their communities, that care about service, and that make a commitment to be involved, and that makes me proud to be part of it."
The Cavalier cross country team traveled to Dayton, TN this weekend to compete in the AAC Cross Country conference championship at Bryan College, and once again, the Cavaliers did not disappoint. Ranked third entering the meet, the Cavalier men ran strong in route to a respectable third place finish, while the Cavalier women, ranked 6th entering the meet, finished 5th overall. Coach Herbert labeled the day as "bittersweet," after the men saw super sophomores Ryan Gehman (10th, 26:53) and Andy Roof (12th, 27:00) qualify for the National Championships, while Senior Captain Lauren Kelly narrowly missed qualifying (15th, 20:33) on the challenging course at Fort Bluff.