The Coker men's cross country team placed in the top ten on three separate occasions last season, including a pair of fourth place finishes in the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational and the Great American Cross Country Challenge Festival. Meanwhile, the women finished with four top ten finishes in six races. Their top finish came in the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational when they came in sixth place.
Brandon Mullins and Jacob Chebii led the way for the Cobras last season. Mullins recorded the ninth fastest 5k time in Coker history at the Carolina Challenge while Chebii finished with the 11th fastest time at the same event. On the women's side, it was Darroneshia Lott who racked up a pair of SPC Credit Union State-Athlete of the Month awards during the season thanks to another round of outstanding performances. Lott now owns the five fastest 5k times in Coker women's cross country history, her fastest coming at the SAC Championships in Pensacola, Florida.
Pete Early takes over as the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams. Early arrived at Coker after spending the last seven years at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he was the assistant track and field coach.
The men's cross country team features three returning seniors in Jacob Chebii, Razzel Kiplaget, and Brandon Mullins. All three have made significant contributions to the team throughout their time at Coker, and now will get to finish out their collegiate careers together as seniors.
The women's cross country team has three experienced veterans in Chauntress Like, Breanna Sullivan, and Tiffany Taylor returning to help usher in a new era at Coker. Darroneshia Lott has exhausted her eligibility, and the Cobras now look to their three returners, and a trio of promising freshman to help the program move forward this season.
Mullins returns for his senior season after running all seven races for the Cobras last year. Mullins placed 13th in the 5k at the Carolina Challenge with a time of 16:47.4, and then finished his season at the NCAA DII Southeast Region Cross Country Championships by recording a time of 36:00.1 in the 10k.
Like, a sophomore from Westerville, Ohio made her presence felt immediately as a freshman, recording a 21:56.2 5k in her first event, the Carolina Challenge. She saved her best for last, however, by posting a 5k time of 21:28.3 at the South Atlantic Cross Country Championship.
“I am extremely excited for the upcoming season and I think a big part of that is due to the experience we have coming back. It has been great already seeing all of the upperclassman taking on a leadership role and I think that is going to pay dividends once our meets begin.” - Coach Pete early
“We have a really good mix of returning talent and incoming freshman and that certainly has us as a staff excited. The freshman are bringing a wide variety of skillsets to our program and I think the potential this incoming class has is probably one of the best I have seen in a long time.” - Coach pete early