TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Three Southern Conference cross country student-athletes in Furman’s Frank Lara and Samford’s Arsène Guillorel as well as Karissa Nelson competed at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships held at the LaVern Gibson championship course in Terre Haute, Ind.
Lara, the 2016 Southern Conference Men’s Runner of the Year, posted a time of 30:46.1 to place 83rd in the men’s 10K. The junior paced the Paladins on the Southeast Regional course last week, finishing sixth with a time of 29:08.2 on the 10K course, to advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual and earn all-region honors for the second-consecutive season.
Guillorel posted a negative split in the second half of the 10K race to secure a 57th-place finish in 30:34.85. He came through the 5K mark positioned 99th in a time of 15:25. Over the remaining 3.1 miles, he picked off 42 competitors on his way to clocking a 15:09 final 5K.
Competing at her first NCAA national cross-country meet, Nelson finished 107th in the women's 6K with a time of 20:52.2. She came through the 4K mark positioned 77th in 13:38, but faded gradually over the final 2K.
Saturday's race capped a breakthrough season for Nelson, who became the first Samford female since 2012 to earn a bid to NCAAs. In October, she was named the Southern Conference Women's Runner of the Year after placing first at the SoCon Championships.