College Sports

Rock Hill runners highlight Furman invite

Last weekend's Furman Cross Country Invitational featured a bevy of former Rock Hill-area runners.

The men's competition was an 8K run with Winthrop's Brandon Hudgins, a Northwestern High School graduate, finishing 10th at 26:43.

Other ex-Trojans competing were Stuart McDaniel (Wofford), 67th, 28:18; J.C. Koziel (College of Charleston), 82nd, 28:51; Tyler Hudgins (Winthrop), 88th, 28:59; and Drew Goode (USC Upstate), 108th, 30:24.

The women's competition was a 5K race with several other area athletes involved. Winthrop's Theresa Verostek (Northwestern) was 60th at 20:03; Presbyterian's Lauren Bowers (Northwestern), was 108th at 21:31; Presbyterian's Anna Mills (Northwestern), was 120th at 22:04; Furman's Jenna Callahan (Fort Mill) was 14th at 18:47 and Winthrop's Samantha Coburn (Clover) was 90th at 20:52.

Angelina Blackmon, another ex-Northwestern standout who runs for N.C. State, was 13th at the pre-nationals in Indiana, recording a time of 20:43 over the 6K course.

• CLEMSON: Jesse Yanutola is one of four seniors on the 2007-08 basketball team.

Yanutola, a 6-foot-4 forward who played at Fort Mill, joins guard Cliff Hammonds and forwards James Mays and Sam Perry as the seniors.

A walk-on, Yanutola appeared in eight games last season, averaging 3.0 points a game.

Yanutola was named the Tigers' academic excellence award winner as a junior.

• COASTAL CAROLINA: When the Chanticleers visit Winthrop at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, it will be a homecoming for Chants midfielder Dane Whitman.

Whitman, a sophomore, is a native of Fort Mill and played high school soccer there.

Whitman has appeared in seven games for the Chanticleers (5-5-1, 3-0 BSC) and started five. He has four shots on goal.

• QUEENS: Former Rock Hill High School basketball players Markeisha and Shakendra Hicks, twin sisters, have been named female athletes of the month by the Queen Chronicle, a Queens University publication.

Both are freshmen. Markeisha is a 6-footer and Shakendra is 5-11. They were All-Region 3-AAAA at Rock Hill, each scoring over 1,000 career points. Shakendra was voted the Lady Bearcats' top offensive player as a senior and Markeisha was picked best defensive player.

Queens opens its 2007-08 season Nov. 4 with an exhibition at Coastal Carolina.

• SOUTH FLORIDA: The surprising Bulls, ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press football poll, have a familiar face on their coaching staff.

Wally Burnham, who spent five years as an assistant at South Carolina, is the Bulls' associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Burnham also spent nine years at Florida State. He is in his eighth season with the Bulls.

The Bulls are 6-0 and have a Big East Conference showdown tonight against Rutgers.

• WINTHROP: Former Eagles basketball player Chad Steele is at the professional level -- in football.

Steele, who played for the Eagles from 1993-97, is director of media relations for the Baltimore Ravens.

Steele began his PR career with an internship in the Ravens' organization, then took a full-time position as a public relations assistant with San Francisco. After a three-year stint with the 49ers, the position with the Ravens opened.