Tigerville, S.C.—The North Greenville men’s cross country team put together one of the best seasons in school history during the 2013 campaign. The Crusaders put together four top five finishes, including two first place finishes while also putting up solid performances in races against Division I competition including Furman, Clemson, and the Citadel.
The Crusaders have a strong core of runners returning this year, including junior Ahmad Nesbitt. Nesbitt has already put together two solid performances this season, including two weeks ago at the Furman University Fall Classic. Nesbitt paced the Crusaders, cashing in a time of 24:46, which was good enough to lead all non-division I runners. Nesbitt’s time also put him near the top of the Division I times, as he was the 10th fastest runner to finish.
Ahmad Nesbitt is much more than a runner however. “Mere words cannot express how much Ahmad means to our program and school,” remarked Cameron Stober, the second year head coach. “Ahmad is one of the most naturally gifted runners that I have ever seen. When you combine that kind of natural ability with his un-paralleled work ethic, you get something extremely rare and special.”
Nesbitt started running for the Crusaders in the fall of 2012, beginning his career with a 46th place finish at the Western Carolina University Cross-Country Invitational. His numbers continued to decrease steadily, and by his second year in 2013, Nesbitt was among the team leaders, posting six top 10 finishes in 2013, including two first place finishes. He’s also the school record holder in the men’s 8k race, and has been named runner of the week twice in his career.
Nesbitt’s success from the 2013 season has carried over into 2014. He is currently ranked 15th in the nation among all male Division II runners, and has already locked up one runner of the week nod from the Conference Carolinas. “Ahmad is the best runner to ever come through North Greenville,” says Stboer. “He is also one of the most humble individuals I have ever met. I have never heard him brag about himself. He’s willing to do everything the coaches ask him to do, and is one of the hardest workers I have ever known.
Nesbitt and the Crusaders will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Charleston, South Carolina to run in the annual Will Wilson Citadel Invitational, hosted by The Citadel.