CHARLESTON, S.C. - Over the last four years the class of 2012 has had a positive impact on the College of Charleston men's cross country team. The student-athletes have been devoted to their team and have worked hard both for the team and in the classroom.
This year's senior class: Christian Bailey, David Lamberson, Eric Robertson and Alex Hill will leave the program in a better place than when they started as freshman and hope to come back as alumni and continue to see the program grow.
Bailey, a native of Charlotte, N.C., is the men's 8K school record holder with a mark of 25:33, which he set at the 2010 Charlotte Invitational. He also has the fourth best time in school history for the 10K in 33:02.
Bailey's impact extends outside of sports as well, as he was honored last year by being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team for track & field/cross country organized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
"One thing I'm really proud about with our senior class how we have elevated the team from where it's been in the past," Bailey said. "From us working hard and wanting to improve in running and in the classroom we have brought a new seriousness to the program. Last semester we were the highest GPA team and I know we have left the program in a lot better position than when we got here. It will be exciting to see where the team will go in the next few years and we'll have some alumni at races."
Lamberson, a native of Stafford, Va., is an Urban Studies major at the College of Charleston.
Lamberson record two top-10 finishes during his senior season and ran his career-best at the 2011 Charlotte Invitational in 25:57.45 on September 30, 2011.
"My favorite part about the team is that we work so hard," he said. "There is not a lot of motivation other than the fact that we love to run. I've always loved running with my teammates and the senior class in particular. We are always pushing each other and working really hard together."
Eric Robertson, a native of Dalzell, S.C. is pursuing a degree in Biology from the College of Charleston.
After struggling to get over an IT band injury last year after going on a 19-mile run after taking two weeks off after track season, Robertson has come on strong in his senior year.
Robertson has recorded the second-best time on the team this season and ranks fourth in school history for 8K, in which he set at the Southern Conference Championships in 25:35.17.
"There have been so many fantastic memories over the last four years," he said. "I've been fortunate to be teammates with a really great group of guys."
Alex Hill, a native of Columbia, S.C., is majoring in mathematics.
Hill holds the second fastest time in school history for the 8,000-meter run of 25:34.70, which he set at the 2010 Charlotte Invitational.
"I've had a great experience being part of this team," Hill said. "I've really bonded with my teammates and although I've had my struggles it's been a rewarding experience overall."
CofC Head Coach Amy Seago on the senior class
"The senior class as a whole has made a different in elevating our program and us becoming much more competitive. These guys came in their freshman year and were committed to year-round training and it shows in their performances."
"Chris Bailey is a tremendously hard worker. He is someone that is a consistent performer for us and our school record holder for 8,000-meters. He helped to change the tide of the team."
"David Lamberson is a very good leader on the team. He has committed to making himself better and its shown. He has a great relationship with the rest of the guys on the team. He took a little while to get adjusted to college level training and did a great job for us."
"Eric Robertson is someone who has had some history of injuries and has fought adversity, but is always someone who we can count on when it comes down to the wire. Eric has done a great job, especially at the conference level and is a good leader on the team."
"Alex Hill has had his ups and downs, but is very talented and has done a good job in helping to elevate where we are from the talent level."