Spartanburg, S.C. – The Lander men's cross country team finished fifth at the 34th running of the Eye Opener Invitational. The race marked the program's first meet since 1999 with head coach Kevin Scola making his first appearance as a collegiate head coach.
Conference foe Augusta took first place at the invitational, positioning all five of its runners within the top seven overall.
Senior Dylan Scott paced the Bearcats, finishing in 29 minutes and 42nd overall.
Freshman Jeron Brown led the way for Lander's young core of athletes with a time of 30:58, good for 67th overall. Following Butler were freshmen Evin Fortenberry (31:36) and Yancy Killian (31:43). Fortenberry and Killian finished the race just seven seconds apart and 38 seconds behind Butler placing 69th and 70th respectively.
Freshman Joshua Chapman rounded out the Bearcats who placed high enough to contribute to the race's team scores. Chapman finished 74th with a time of 33:06. Freshman Turner Kirby placed 79th with a time of 40:21.