Friday's NCAA Cross Country Regional Roundup
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/11/2016
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Samford's Karisa Nelson
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Furman, UNCG & VMI Compete in Southeast Regional

 Men’s Results  |  Women’s Results

 Earlysville, Va. – Furman, UNCG and VMI men’s and women’s cross country squads competed in the NCAA Southeast Regional race at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va., on Friday afternoon. A total of 32 men’s teams and 29 women’s teams from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia competed to see which teams and individuals would earn a spot at the NCAA National Championship, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Furman men’s cross country team turned in a third-place finish, while the Paladin women placed fourth at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Friday at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va..  The Paladins will learn on Saturday if they will receive one of the thirteen at-large bids to the national championship meet, which will be held Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. N.C. State won the region championship with 90 points, followed by Virginia in second with 105 points, each earning one of the two Southeast Region automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.

The Furman men scored 105 points to finish third out of 29 teams.  The Paladins were led by junior Frank Lara, who paced the team with a time of 29:08.2 on the 10K course to finish sixth and earn a spot on the all-region team.  Junior Josh Brickell finished 15th with a time of 29:39.9, and red shirt-freshman Ryan Adams turned in a 24th place finish at 30:08.7.  For their efforts, Brickell and Adams also earned all-region laurels

The Paladin women’s team scored a fourth-place finish out of 32 teams, concluding the meet just five points shy of earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.  N.C. State won the regional with 53 points, followed by Louisville with 163 points in second place to claim the region’s automatic bids.  Kentucky placed third with 164 points. Furman also placed three women on the all-region team, including freshman Savannah Carnahan, who led the Paladins with a time of 20:53.4 on the 6K course to finish 15th.  Freshman Emma Grace Hurley placed 20th with a time of 21:03.4, and senior Laura Miller turned in a time of 21:06.2 to place 23rd to join Carnahan on the all-region team.  READ MORE

The UNCG men’s and women’s both finished 29th overall. Katherine Link paced the women’s squad clocking a 21:46.1 earning a 51st-place finish in the 6,000-meters while Dakarai Shipp was the top finisher on the men’s side clocking a 32:50.3 on the 8,000-meter course.  READ MORE

The VMI men’s squad finished 20th overall. The Keydets were led by sophomore standout James Broom, who placed 76th on the 10K course with a time of 31:13.3.  On the women’s side, VMI had three individuals competing in Logan Lucket (96th, 22:24.5), Kennedy Flynn (206th, 24:53.7) and Kelly Russell (219th, 26:16.5).  READ MORE

After the competing teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender will be selected to compete at the NCAA Championships.  From those teams not selected in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected, but must have finished within the top 25 of the region.  Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool (and must have finished in the regional top 25) as at-large individuals.


ETSU, Mercer, Samford & Chattanooga Compete in South Regional

 Men’s Results  |  Women’s Results

 Tallahassee, Tenn. – ETSU, Mercer and Samford men’s and women’s cross country squads competed in the NCAA South Regional race at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday morning. A total of 21 men’s teams and 30 women’s teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee competed to see which teams and individuals would earn a spot at the NCAA National Championship, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Samford juniors Karisa Nelson and Arsène Guillorel each placed fourth in their respective races to earn individual qualifying bids to the NCAA national meet. In punching their tickets to NCAAs, Nelson and Guillorel also paced their teams to top-flight finishes.

This is the first time in program history that Samford has qualified both a male and female representative for NCAAs.

Nelson, the 2016 Southern Conference Runner of the Year, is the first Samford female to qualify for nationals since former star Lauren D'Alessio advanced in 2012. Guillorel clinched a berth to the national meet in 2015 after finishing runner-up at regionals.

The Bulldog women, who were ranked 14th entering the meet, placed eighth with 272 points. The Bulldog men, who were ranked seventh entering the meet, placed sixth with 165 points.  READ MORE

The ETSU men’s team finished 14th with a point total of 393. For the fifth time this season the Bucs were paced by senior Simeon Roberts who in his final race placed 54th out of 157 runners with a time of 32:08.6. Roberts was able to start off strong as he progressed through the field gaining 144 positions from the start of the race to the 2,000-meter mark.

It was an impressive performance for freshman Adam Bradtmueller who came in second for the Bucs with a time of 32:22.5, placing 64th. Sophomore James Garst ran a 10K time of 32:55.5 to place 94th for the blue and gold. Rounding out the top five for the Bucs was junior Daniel Sonnenfeldt and senior Skyler Winchester.

The ETSU women’s team, also for the fifth time this season, was led by senior Victoria Hutchens who ran a 6K time of 22:05.6 to finish 81st out of 212 runners. Hutchens was able to weave her way through the pack as from the 2,000-meter mark to the 3,000-meter mark, she gained 12 positions.

Close behind Hutchens in 89th was fellow senior Katie Hirko with a time of 22:14.1. Rounding out the top five for the blue and gold was junior Macy Carrier with a time of 22:46.6, freshman Kaitlyn Lay with a time of 23:05.0 and junior Kylie Rutherford with a mark of 23:55.7.

Overall the women finished 22nd with a point total of 589. ETSU was the second highest placed Southern Conference team finishing in front of Chattanooga and Mercer.  READ MORE

The Chattanooga men’s team finished 18th, while the women finished 22nd overall. The men were paced by senior Paul Stuart, who completed the 10K course in 31:42.1. On the women’s side, The Mocs were led by Maddison Melchionna, who placed 95th after crossing the finish line in 22:19.1.  READ MORE

The Mercer women’s squad placed 27th at the South Regional. The Bears were led by freshman Anna Grzeszczak, who placed 134th, crossing the finish line in 22:58.1.  On the men’s side, Mercer was represented by freshman Michael Rowlands. Rowlands placed 152nd after completing the 10K course in 35:20.0.  READ MORE

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