ELON, N.C. - The Appalachian State men and Samford women claimed the team titles at the 2009 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships at Elon University in Elon, N.C. on Saturday.
The Mountaineer men had four finishers in the top 10 to win their fifth consecutive men's team title with 44 points. Senior Phil Mitchell placed fourth overall followed by sophomore Sean Soderman in sixth, senior Alec Meyer in seventh and senior Josh Houser in 10th.
The Davidson men finished second with 82 points. The Wildcats were led by senior Lance Harden who finished third overall.
Chattanooga junior Emmanuel Kirwa won the men's individual title with a time of 25.00.38 on the 8K course. The Mocs finished fourth.
UNC Greensboro sophomore Mike Koech came in second with a time of 25:03.59. The Spartans finished third, with only one point separating them from second place Davidson.
The Bulldog women had two finishers in the top 10 and four in the top 20 to win the women's team title with 74 points. Junior Hillary Neal came in fourth overall followed by junior Ina Ables at fifth. Sophomore Andrea Seccafien finished 18th and senior Jessica Van Ausdall came in at 19th.
Samford won its first title in only its second appearance at the championships.
The Elon women placed second with 75 points. The Phoenix were led by senior Caitlin Beeler who finished seventh.
Appalachian State freshman Brittney Caudle won the women's individual title with a time of 17:47.32 on the 5K course. The Mountaineer women placed third with 83 points.
Furman sophomore Chloe Kowalski finished second with a time of 18:04.39.
Appalachian State head coach Mike Curcio was honored as the Men's Coach of the Year. Kirwa was named the Men's Runner of the Year and Wofford's Trey Parker picked up Freshman of the Year honors with his time of 26:04.19.
Samford head coach Rod Tiffin was named the Women's Coach of the Year. Caudle was honored as both the Women's Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year .
Full results from the meets can be viewed by clicking on the links above.
The 2010 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships will be held in Boone, N.C. on October 30, 2010.
Team Scores - Men
1. Appalachian State 44
2. Davidson 82
3. UNC Greensboro 83
4. Chattanooga 109
5. Elon 134
6. Furman 146
7. Western Carolina 158
8. College of Charleston 203
9. The Citadel 218
10. Samford 261
11. Wofford 276
Team Scores - Women
1. Samford 74
2. Elon 75
3. Appalachian State 83
4. Furman 93
5. Davidson 110
6. Chattanooga 134
7. UNC Greensboro 138
8. Western Carolina 168
9. College of Charleston 254
10. Wofford 289
11. Georgia Southern 319
12. The Citadel 357
All-SoCon First Team - Men
1. Emmanuel Kirwa - Junior - Chattanooga
2. Mike Koech - Sophomore - UNC Greensboro
3. Lance Harden - Senior - Davidson
4. Phil Mitchell - Senior - Appalachian State
5. Joey Thompson - Sophomore - UNC Greensboro
6. Sean Soderman - Sophomore - Appalachian State
7. Alec Meyer - Senior - Appalachian State
All-SoCon First Team - Women
1. Brittney Caudle - Freshman - Appalachian State
2. Chloe Kowalski - Sophomore - Furman
3. Anneli Uys - Junior - Chattanooga
4. Hillary Neal - Junior - Samford
5. Ina Ables - Junior - Samford
6. Heather Stuive - Freshman - Chattanooga
7. Caitlin Beeler - Senior - Elon
All-SoCon Second Team - Men
8. Ryan Hopkins - Sophomore - Davidson
9. Charlie McGoogan - Junior - Furman
10. Josh Houser - Senior - Appalachian State
11. Matthew Richardson - Junior - Elon
12. Josey Weaver - Sophomore - Western Carolina
13. Stephen Hammond - Senior - Western Carolina
14. Andy Clyne - Junior - UNC Greensboro
All-SoCon Second Team - Women
8. Sherrika Jordan - Senior - UNC Greensboro
9. Natalie Atabek - Freshman - Davidson
10. Emily Fournier - Junior - Elon
11. Brittany Johnson - Senior - Furman
12. Danielle Ruggieri - Junior - Davidson
13. Katie Booker - Senior - Appalachian State
14. Heather Conarroe - Junior - Davidson
All-SoCon Freshman Team - Men
18. Trey Parker - Wofford
19. Burk Staub - Appalachian State
21. Nolan Clark - Western Carolina
23. Brian Graves - Appalachian State
29. Kyle McLarty - Chattanooga
30. Demetrios Pagonis - Davidson
33. Mark Cole - Chattanooga
All-SoCon Freshman Team - Women
1. Brittney Caudle - Appalachian State
6. Heather Stuive - Chattanooga
9. Natalie Atabek - Davidson
15. Morgan Denecke - Elon
22. Sullivan Parkes - Elon
23. Trinity Foreman - Appalachian State
24. Mara Smith - Western Carolina
Coach of the Year - Men
Mike Curcio - Appalachian State
Coach of the Year - Women
Rod Tiffin - Samford
Runner of the Year - Men
Emmanuel Kirwa - Chattanooga
Runner of the Year - Women
Brittney Caudle - Appalachian State
Freshman of the Year - Men
Trey Parker - Wofford
Freshman of the Year - Women
Brittney Caudle - Appalachian State