Lady Panthers Make Solid Return to Action at Gamecock Challenge


COLUMBIA, SC (September 15, 2023)  – The Claflin University men’s and women’s cross-country team returned to the courses, Friday morning when the teams took part in the 2023 Gamecock Challenge. The Lady Panthers took part in the women’s 5K run while the Panthers took part in the men’s 6K run.

The Lady Panthers continued to show some improvement at the meet. Claflin junior Madison Montgomery led the way for the team when she placed 39th with a 21:19.3. Senior Jonnica Fuller added a 46th place finish when she ran a 24:12.7. Sophomore Pheijana Burnside placed 50th with a 25:40.5. Senior Justice Bell rounded out the team’s day when she placed 52nd with a 32:48.0.

The Panthers had a solid day as well. Claflin sophomore Reginald Gore led the way with a 25th place finish in 21:53.7. Fellow sophomore Jakarriez Sanders was a close 26th when the ran a 21:56.8. Junior Zion Murry placed 30th with a 23:25.5 while sophomore Isaiah Bowman placed 35th with a 26:03.1. Sophomore Xavier Burrell closed out the Panthers’ efforts with a 26:27.9.

The Claflin University men’s and women’s cross-country teams will return to action on Friday, October 3rd when the teams take part in the Royals XC Challenge. For more information on Claflin University cross-country, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletics Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to

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