COLUMBIA, SC (September 3, 2022) – The Claflin University cross country teams got the 2022 season started in a big way with some great performances at the 2022 Carolina Challenge. Both teams saw some great efforts by newcomers as well as some great efforts by their returnees.

For the Lady Panthers, the team saw a strong mix of returning talent and some great newcomers. Sophomore Madison McDonald continued to be a leader for the Lady Panthers as she paced the team with a 23:18.63 in the women’s 5K run and she earned a 37th overall place at the meet. Freshman Skyler Andrews added the next finish for the Lady Panthers when she placed 59th with a 29:16.05. Senior Nytajah Smalls added a 60th place finish with a 29:29.61.

The Panthers also had some great performances as well. Freshman Reginald Gore wasted little time making his presence felt when he led the team with a 21st place finish in the men’s 5K run. He completed the course with an 18:39.50. Senior Caleb Patterson had the next best finish when he recorded a 19:35.79. Freshman Jakarriez Sanders rounded out the Panthers’ top three with a 20:12.00.

The Claflin cross country teams will get a two-week break before their next action. The teams will return to the course at the Furman Invitational. For more information on Lady Panthers and Panthers cross country, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletic Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to