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Upstate Cross Country Announces 2010 Recruiting Class
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July 16, 2010

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – USC Upstate cross country coaches Jimmy Stephens and Carson Blackwelder look to round up the 2010 cross country squad with the addition of seven student-athletes. The incoming athletes, all freshmen, hail from South Carolina to Florida and have come on to continue their athletic careers as Spartans.

On the men's side, six athletes round out the newcomers and look to be the depth coach Blackwelder and coach Stephens are building in the Spartan roster.

Robbie Burnett, a native of Niceville, Fla., was named the Niceville High School outstanding cross country runner of the year in 2009 and holds personal bests of 4:37 in the 1600m and 10:20 in the 3200m.

Joey Daversa, a product of Grassfield High School in Cheasapeake, Va., earned all-state recognition in 2009 with his indoor performance on the 4x800m relay team and again in 2010 with the 4x800m relay squad's outdoor performance. Daversa was also a 2009 two-time all-region athlete with his performances in cross country and the 1000m event in track and field. The Virginia native comes to Upstate holding a 4:31 1600m, 9:59 3200m, 1:59.4 800m and 16:19 5K.

USC Upstate will open its cross country season on September 1 with a dual meet against neighboring rival Wofford. The meet will be held on USC Upstate's home course at Milliken Research Park.