HPU’s LaCoste named Big South Runner of the Week
High Point University redshirt-sophomore Jeff LaCoste has been named Big South Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the league announced on Friday. LaCoste was the top Div. I collegiate finisher at the Blue Ridge Open last Friday, Oct. 18.
LaCoste finished the 8K race in Boone, N.C. with a time of 24:37.06. He placed as the top Division I finisher and was fourth overall. HPU finished in sixth-place as a team at the meet and were the top finishers among the eight competing Big South schools.
It was the second consecutive race that LaCoste led the Panthers. LaCoste came in 22nd at the nationally-competitive Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 28 with a time of 24:14.9. He also finished in third place overall crossing the line in 23:59.58 at the Furman University Classic on Sept. 14.
This is the third time an HPU runner has been named the conference Runner of the Week this year. Senior Patrick Crawford was twice selected for the honor in September.
High Point will race Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Vista Links Golf Course in Buena Vista, Va. at the Big South Championship. The team competed on the championship course on Sept. 21 at the VMI Invitational, placing second behind Liberty.
HPU VOLLEYBALL STOPS CAMPBELL
BUIES CREEK — The High Point University volleyball team picked up a Big South Conference road win on Friday with a four-set victory at Campbell. Redshirt-freshman Savannah Angel posted a career-high 15 kills to lead four Panthers with double-digit kills.
“When we needed them to the team stepped up and made focused, organized plays,” said head coach Jason Oliver. “We played our best in the fourth set and I am proud of the girls for finding a way to win against a good Campbell team on the road. Savannah is a redshirt-freshman who is starting to play like an upperclassman. I am very excited about her continued development.”
Angel hit .414 with a career-high 15 kills and five blocks to lead the Panthers in the 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 26-28, 25-18) win. Junior Kristin Heldt added 13 kills and 15 digs for a double-double while junior Chelsea Davis also had a double-double with 12 kills, 14 digs and a career-high six blocks. Junior Katie Vincent tallied 11 kills and five blocks.
Katelyn Layden led the Camels with 14 kills and 11 digs. Alexis Hein added 12 kills and Jessica Groen finished the match with 11 kills.
High Point improves to 11-12 overall and 5-3 in Big South play. The Panthers sit in a five-way tie for second place with Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina, Liberty and Presbyterian College. Radford has sole possession of first place with a 6-2 mark against league opponents.
Campbell drops to 13-12 for the season and 3-5 in the Big South.
HPU’s Maddie Simpson finished the match with 43 assists, six digs, five blocks, two aces and two kills. Annemarie Chin had a match-high 29 digs and four assists.