FMU Announces Two Men's Cross Country Additions
Francis Marion University cross country coach Mark Bluman has announced the signing of two Palmetto State runners for the 2012 season: Guy McCarter of Ladson and Conner McGraw of Goose Creek.
McCarter, 5-10, is a product of Stratford High School, where he ran for coaches Shane Sutherland and Dave Renneisen.
He placed 21st in a time of 16:33 at the 2011 AAAA state championship cross country meet as the Knights finished second in the team standings. He finished seventh in the 3,200-meters (time of 9:55.60) and fifth in the 4x800-meter relay at the 2012 AAAA state championship track and field meet.
He owns personal-best times of 2:06 for 800-meters, 4:35 for 1,600-meters, and 9:48 for 3,200-meters. He also helped Stratford’s 4x1,600-meter relay team post a time of 18:17, the second fastest in state history.
“Guy is coming in to the program at the right time,” said Bluman. “He had a strong senior year both in cross country and track, and he’s got a lot of momentum going and will look to keep it pushing forward for us this fall.”
McGraw, 5-8, is also a graduate of Stratford. He placed 32nd with a season-best time of 16:52 at the 2011 state cross country meet. On the track, he possesses personal-best times of 2:19 in the 800-meters, 4:59 in the 1,600-meters, and 4:48 in the mile.
“Conner is one of those athletes that often gets overshadowed. He was the fifth man for the AAAA state runner-up this year in cross country. You don’t often get too much attention as the fifth man, but you cannot have a successful team without a strong runner there. I’m pretty sure he won’t be overshadowed this fall.”