The highest individual finishers were all on the men's side Friday. Roland Hakes, the team's most improved runner in 2013, led the way with a 49th-place effort out of 239 competitors. Hakes, a graduate of Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, SC, turned in a time of 30:34.3 at the 10,000-meter course.
Hakes was followed closely once again by teammate Aaron Ramirez, who finished 58th. Ramirez capped a solid season with a time of 30:43.0. He finished a comfortable distance of Clemson's third best individual, Stephen Lewandowski (120th). Lewandowski's 10K time was 31:43.7. Clemson's final two male scorers were Josh Davis (124th - 31:50.6) and Evan Abdullah (147th - 32:18.6).
On the women's team, freshman Grace Barnett took the top individual honors for Clemson by finishing 72nd out of in a race that featured 265 runners. Barnett, who hails from the Myrtle Beach area, ran a time of 22:10.6 across the 6,000-meter Panorama Farms course. She finished eight positions ahead of senior Cara Talty, who concluded her career with a time of 22:14.8.
As she has all season long, freshman Alexa Womack was a strong contributor Friday. The Peach State native produced a time of 22:18.7 and was 85th place overall. The team's final two scorers from Friday's meet were Catherine Herring (128th - 22:50.7) and Evie Tate (136th - 22:58.9).
The teams will recover over the next several weeks and rejoin their track & field teammates in preparation for the indoor season, which starts with a home meet on Saturday, Jan. 11.