Furman remains 15th in poll
GREENVILLE -- Furman held steady at 15th in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll and climbed one spot to 16th in the latest STATS FCS Polls.
The Paladins (2-2, 0-0 SoCon), coming off a 45-10 triumph over Mercer in their Southern Conference season opener on Saturday, polled 310 points, outdistancing No. 16 Maine (252 points), which tripped up winless Colgate, 35-21.
Reigning national champion North Dakota State remained No. 1 in the poll followed by James Madison, South Dakota State and Kennesaw State, which climbed from sixth to fourth.
North Carolina A&T of the MEAC is ranked 18th.
Carolina baseball class No. 3
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of South Carolina baseball team's 2019 recruiting class has been selected as the third best in the country by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. The Gamecocks' class is now nationally ranked by two publications after Baseball America had Carolina at No. 11.
This is the third time in the last five years the Gamecocks have had a top-three recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball. Carolina had the second-best class in 2015 and was third in the country in 2017.
Clemson’s class is ranked 14th.
The top two classes are Vanderbilt and Florida, with Ole Miss at No. 4 and Texas Christian at No. 5.
S.C. State men win XC Challenge
STATESBORO, Ga. – The South Carolina State men’s cross country team finished first and the women were fourth at Saturday’s Eagles XC Challenge, hosted by Georgia Southern at Seventh Mile Farm. The meet marked the Bulldog coaching debut of recently named head cross country and track and field coach Jarod Wims.
“I am very proud of our teams,” said Wims following the competition. “It’s a good start. I have been impressed how both teams have handled the coaching change. It’s obviously they have been well-coached and I applaud them as well as the assistant coaches who have held things together during the transition. We are building and will be recruiting aggressively.”
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The Bulldogs, paced by sophomore Tyler Duncan who won the individual competition in the men’s 8K with a time of 28:11.63, finished first in the team category with 35 points, ahead of Brewton Park, who was second with 63 points. 3.67).
Freshman Jada Banks was the top runner for the S.C. State in the women’s 5K, finishing fifth.
Samuel leads Claflin at XC Challenge
STATESBORO, Ga. – The Claflin University men’s cross-country team showed improvement last Saturday at the Eagles XC Country Challenge hosted by Georgia Southern University. Domenic Samuel continued to lead the Panthers, finishing fourth in a time of 30:09.38.
Caleb Patterson finished in the top 20, clocking a 34:05.68 to finish 15th for the Panthers, who finished 4th overall.
Claflin women improve at XC Challenge
STATESBORO, Ga. – Esther Chukwunike finished in the top 20 to lead the Claflin University women’s cross-country team last Sept. 21 at the Eagles XC Country Challenge hosted by Georgia Southern University. Chukwunike clocked a 2:48.45 in the 5K as the Lady Panthers finished seventh overall.
Claflin baseball scout day
The Claflin University baseball team held its annual Major League Baseball scout day on Sept. 18 at historic Mirmow Field in Orangeburg. Scouts from 10 different MLB organizations were on hand to evaluate the skills of 21 players, made up of current and former Claflin baseball players.
Claflin University baseball joined the Peach Belt Conference in July 2019 and will open its 2020 season in February.
Claflin goes 0-2 in tri-match
The Claflin University women's volleyball team fell to Frostburg State University (3-1) and (3-2) to Paine College in a volleyball tri-match hosted by the Lady Panthers at Tullis Arena on Sept. 21.
The losses dropped Claflin to 0-3 on the short season. The Lady Panthers will look to pick up their first win of the season Sept. 24 when they host Benedict College in a 6:30 p.m. contest.
SoCon player honors
Furman placekicker Grayson Atkins was named Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Paladins’ 45-10 victory over Mercer on Saturday.
Wofford’s linebacker Jireh Wilson was named the Defensive Player of the Week.