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The Clarion \ November 6, 2019
Brevard College interviews first-
year runner Solomon Turner
By Gavin Morgan
Solomon Turner, a junior from Snow Camp,
NC, experienced a successful first year season
of collegiate cross country. Solomon has never
competed for a cross country team in his life
before this season, and still managed to be
the second-place runner consistently for the
Brevard College cross country team.
“I love running and enjoyed the season,
however I don’t enjoy racing as much,”
Turner said. He also stated that his distaste for
racing competitively will not stop him from
competing in the 2020 cross country season.
“I can’t stop now because after next year I’ll
never have an opportunity to compete on a
team again," he said. Turner will graduate from
BC in 2021.
Most Cross Country runners compete for
track during the spring. Turner said that he
plans on focusing on his academics this spring
and only competing for the cross country team.
“I just can’t see myself running anywhere other
than the trails,” he said.
As an athlete in his first year of competition.
Turner has a unique perspective on the past
season. “I had so much fun and made a lot of
new friends," he said. "The team treated me
like family rather than just another athlete.
and the coaches and my teammates were very
supportive with my running.
“My favorite memory of the season had to
be going to the Pisgah National Forest and trail
running with the rest of the team or goofing
around with teammates and coaches on the
long bus rides to and from races,” Turner said.
Turner’s favorite race of the season was the
Mike and Mary Kay Johnson invitational in
Berea, KY. “I loved that race mostly because it
was my first 8k, but it was also just an overall
fun race," he said. "I would have never thought
I would be running through the middle of a
creek against 100 plus runners at the beginning
of this semester."
Dill Volleyball: Brevard 3 Agnes
Scott 0; Covenant 3, Brevard 0
By Joseph Marvin
Assistant Sports Information Director
The Brevard College volleyball team (2-25,
2-12 USAS) earned a victory on the last day
of its 2019 season, achieving a 3-0 sweep
over host Agnes Scott (0-23, 0-14 USAS) on
In the second contest for the Tornados of the
USA South Conference quad-match. Covenant
(10-17, 9-5 USAS) defeated Brevard 3-0 late
In the win over Agnes Scott, freshman
Breanna O'Shields led the Tornados offensively
with 11 kills, tying her career-high. Brook
Groves was second amongst all players in the
category with eight kills.
Setter Hannah Gordon registered a game-
high 19 assists to go along with two service
aces. Mariana Rodriguez performed well both
offensively and defensively with seven kills
and 18 digs.
O'Shields also led all players with a career-
high 22 digs, while also recording a solo block.
Morgan Graham added 13 digs, while
Grace Pukas also reached double digits in the
category with 12 digs.
Brevard won the first set 25-19 in what
proved to be the closest contested of the three
sets. Down the stretch of the set, Agnes Scott
scored back-to-back points to cut BC's lead
O'Shields, however, responded with a kill
and was rewarded for her efforts with the
chance to serve for the match. An attack error
by ASC gave the Tornados set point. Groves
then earned a kill on an assist by Gordon for
the 25-19 set win.
In the second set, the Tornados extended their
lead to 18-10, riding the hot serve of Gordon.
BC went on to score four of the last five points
of the set to take the second set 25-16.
BC never trailed in the third set en route to a
25-17 set win and the 3-0 match victory.
Covenant defeated Brevard 25-14, 25-16
and 25-13 in the final match of the day and the
season finale for the Tornados.
O'Shields and Julie McGahy each registered
five kills to lead BC, while Gordon dished out
eight assists. Rodriguez once again led the
Tornados on the defensive end with 12 digs.
The quad-match concluded the 2019 season
for the Tornados. Highlights included the two
3-0 sweeps over Agnes Scott and five-set battles
with Emory & Henry and Guilford.
Individual accolades were handed out to
Rodriguez who won a USA South Defensive
Player of the 'Week honor for the week ending
October 14. Rodriguez finished third in the
conference through the regular season in digs-
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Tornados volleyball celebrate a win at Boshamer