CHARLOTTE, NC (Sept. 22, 2021) – Claflin University sophomore Caleb Patterson was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s Cross-Country Runner of the Week. The honor marked the first weekly honor of the year for the Panthers, but the team is poised to look for more.

Patterson earned the honor after a great performance at the Winthrop/Adidas Cross Country Invitational. He ran a 31:37.2 in the men’s 8K run at the meet to place 56th overall and he led all runners from Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) teams at the meet.

The Claflin University men’s and women’s cross-country teams will return to action, Saturday, October 2nd when the team heads to nearby Columbia, S.C. to take part in the Koala Cross Country Classic hosted by Columbia College. For more information on Claflin cross country, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletic Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to