AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken Cross Country team is preparing to host the 2011 Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational at Pacer Path on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational will serve as the pre-conference race for the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Cross Country Championship, and it will feature both men’s and women’s participants. The men’s 8K will commence at 9 a.m. The 6K women’s portion of the event is slated to begin at 9:45 a.m.
This year’s meet marks the second Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational at USC Aiken’s top-of-the-line home course. Clayton State claimed top team honors in the inaugural Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 in both the men’s 8K and the women’s 5K. Clayton State’s Fidelis Mutiso (26:39.90) finished first in the men’s race, while Clayton State's Samantha Walling collected first place honors on the women’s side with a time of 19:45.34.
USC Aiken’s Women’s Cross Country team finished second as a team at the inaugural Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational at Pacer Path in 2010. Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Keely Gillespie (Belvedere, S.C./North Augusta) was the top Pacer finisher in the meet. Gillespie ended her efforts fourth with a time of 20:52.39.
The 2011 Bridgestone-Pacer Invitational will feature some of the best college Cross Country programs in the area with Augusta State, Coker, Flagler, Francis Marion, Georgia College, Montevallo, Newberry, Paine, UNC Pembroke and USC Beaufort all competing along with host USC Aiken.