NCAA Cross Country Regional ACCtion: Saturday, November 13

Nov. 13, 2010

Seminole Women Take 1st at Regionals, Men 2nd

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Another week, another dominating performance by both of Florida State's cross country teams.

After running away with two conference championships, the Seminoles traveled to Birmingham, Ala. and had nearly the same success. The women's squad captured the regional title while the men's team came in second behind a first-place finish by Ciaran O'Lionaird.

Head coach Karen Harvey's women's team has been dominant all year long and Saturday's win propels them into Nationals on Nov. 22. The women saw their top seven runners all finish in the top 20 with senior Pasca Cheruiyot leading the way with a second-place finish (19:55.21).

Cheruiyot's great time was also good enough to be a new personal record.

Not far off her pace were a host of Cheruiyot's teammates. Fellow senior team captain Pilar McShine also ran a sub 20-minute race with a third-place finish (19:56.39). That, too, was a personal record.

Virginia Women Claim NCAA Southeast Region Title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 12 Virginia women's cross country team claimed its second Southeast Region Championship in the past three years Saturday morning at Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The Cavaliers placed four runners in the top-25, each earning all-region honors, while Virginia edged No. 21 North Carolina for the title, 65-100.

With the win, the Cavalier women earn an automatic bid into the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships for the third-straight year. This will mark Virginia's fifth trip to NCAAs in the past six years and 11th appearance overall.

For the men, senior Emil Heineking became the first Cavalier male to earn All-Southeast Region honors four times, finishing the first 10k race of the season in fifth with a time of 30:24.9. Redshirt junior Ryan Collins was second for Virginia, claiming his third-straight all-region honor with a seventh-place finish in 30:28.7. The Cavalier men, ranked 21st nationally, finished sixth overall and will need to await tomorrow's announcement of at-large team and individual bids to find out their NCAA Championship fate.

Junior Morgane Gay led the women's squad with a fourth-place finish, completing the 6k course in 20:18.6 to become the fourth Cavalier to earn a top-five finish in the nine-year history of the championship. The top-25 finish also marks the third-straight All-Southeast Region honor for Gay.

UNC Women Place Second, Earn Automatic National Bid

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Led by junior Kendra Schaaf's second-place individual finish, the Carolina women's cross country team finished second at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships to earn an automatic bid for the NCAA National Championships. The men's team finished ninth.

"Our women's team executed the game plan perfectly," said head coach Peter Watson. "We're really excited about the automatic bid, but I'm also really excited about how our No. 4, 5, 6 and 7 runners really packed things up for us and contributed to our team finish."

Junior Kendra Schaaf placed second in the women's 6k race with a time of 20:02.4 to lead the Tar Heel women. Replicating their finish at the ACC Championships two weeks ago, Schaaf finished less than nine seconds behind NC State freshman Laura Hoer who won in 19:54.5.

Senior Evan Watchempino was the top UNC men's runner with a 37th-place finish in the 10k in 31:42.9, while redshirt junior Adam Cunningham did not finish the race due to injury. Freshman Jake Hurysz finished 44th with a time of 31:55.8, followed by freshmen Patrick Schellberg, 51st in 32:05.9; Alex Deir, 58th in 32:12.2; Mohamed Abushouk in 68th with 32:25.7; and Isaac Presson finished 136th in 33:45.8.

Duke Men Finish 2nd, Women 3rd at Southeast Regional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Duke men's and women's cross country teams competed in the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. The men finished second overall and the women grabbed third. With a second-place finish, the men received the first automatic bid into the NCAA Championships in school history.

The Blue Devils had a total of seven runners tabbed with All-Region honors - James Kostelnik, Cory Nanni, Bo Waggoner and Andrew Brodeur for the men, and Juliet Bottorff, Carly Seymour and Mary Carleton Johnston for the women.

The 23rd-ranked men finished in second place at the Southeast Regional with a score of 116 points behind first-place William & Mary, who picked up their third straight Southeast Regional title. Duke was led by Kostelnik who crossed the line in 19th-place with a time of 30:59.2. Teammates Nanni, Waggoner and Brodeur were close behind finishing in 21st, 23rd and 24th places, respectively.

NC State's Laura Hoer Wins NCAA Southeast Regional

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - NC State freshman Laura Hoer won the individual women's championship Saturday at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville, Ky.

Hoer's victory was her fourth of the 2010 season, making her just the sixth runner in the history of the NC State cross country program, men or women, to win at least four races in a single season. She is the second freshman.

The Wolfpack women finished fourth with 153 points behind ACC rivals Virginia (65), Duke (100) and North Carolina (122). NC State finished third in the men's race with 131 points.William & Mary won the men's regional with 85 points. Duke was second at 116.

The top two teams in each race earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, which will be held Nov. 22 at Terre Haute, Ind. The Wolfpack men's and women's teams still can earn at-large bids by meeting criteria.

Clemson's Ruck Earns Bid to NCAA Cross Country Championships

LOUISVILLE, KY - Kim Ruck became the first female at Clemson in 17 years to earn a trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships after finishing sixth at the NCAA Southeast Regional at "Tom" Sawyer Park on Saturday. She was one of two all-region performers for the women's team, which earned its highest finish in 12 years with an eighth-place showing.

Clemson's women totaled 249 points, finishing well ahead of William & Mary for eighth place. It was Clemson's best finish since the 1998 team also finished eighth. The Tigers came into the race ranked eighth in the latest regional poll, thus they held their position strong through the finish of the 6K competition.

Ruck led for much of the race and stayed in the front four overall until approximately the last 200 meters. Her sixth-place finish was the best by a Clemson female since Mareike Ressing was fifth in 1993. She did so with an impressive personal best time of 20:20.7, breaking her previous best of 20:26.1 at last season's ACC Championships. Ruck has now made three straight NCAA competitions, having competed at the indoor national meet in March and the outdoor meet in June.

Jacket Women Earn 15th Place Showing at NCAA South Regionals

HOOVER, Ala. - Leading all Tech runners for the fifth-straight meet, Georgia Tech junior Mary Kate DuBard finished 13th at the NCAA South Regionals on Saturday at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala. helping her team to a 15th place showing at the meet. Her time of 20:32.24 was a career-best at the 6k distance and could potentially be good enough to qualify her for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

On the men's side of things, only four runners came across the finish line for Tech in the 10k race, preventing the team from placing. (Five runners need to cross for the team to earn a finish). The team was lead by senior DJ McMillan who crossed the line in 35th place with a career best time of 31:33.80,

The top-two teams to finish at the meet qualify as a team for the national meet. On Sunday, 13 at-large teams will be chosen to also attend NCAA Championships. The four fastest runners not on an automatic qualifying or at-large team will also earn a spot in the meet.

Currently, DuBard's 13th place finish places her as the fifth fastest competitor not on an automatic qualifying team behind the winner Kristie Krueger of Georgia, Hollie Knight of Auburn (fifth), Mackenzie Howe of Kennesaw State (eighth) and Jordan White of Vanderbilt (11th).

Hokie Women Place Fifth at Regionals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Hokies were in postseason action on Saturday, Nov. 13 in Louisville, Ky. at the 2010 Southeast Regionals. The women's team earned their highest finish since 2007, placing fifth with 208 points out of a field of 37 teams. Freshman Paige Kvartunas placed 18th in the women's 6,000 meters (21:00.3) to earn All-Southeast Region honors. She is the 21st women's All-Region honoree in Tech history, the first since 2008. Tech's men's squad placed 14th (424 pts.) in a field of 34 teams.

Out of Tech's 21 all-time All-Region honorees, Kvartunas is only the 13th to finish 18th place or better. Her time of 21:00.3 today is a career best at Tech. Fellow freshman Courtney Dobbs was Tech's next finisher to cross the line, placing 38th at 21:28.9, also a career high.

In the men's 10,000 meters, Chris Walizer was the Hokies' highest place runner (58th, 32:12.2), followed by Joseph Murray (74th, 32:36.4) and Jason Cusack (91st, 32:55.5).

Terp Women Place 13th at Regionals

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Greg Kelsey placed eighth individually to lead University of Maryland finishers and potentially earn an invitation to participate at nationals with his performance Saturday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships hosted by Penn State.

On the women's side, junior Ashley Cromartie placed 38th overall to lead the Terrapins to a 13th-place team finish.

Cromartie finished the women's 6K course in 21:46 to lead the Maryland runners to the line. She was followed by Ashley Campbell (56th, 22:10), Anna Roth (86th, 22:45), Andrea Rothschild (99th, 22:55), Maryam Fikri (128th, 23:28), Ashlyn Sinclair (140th, 23:41) and Caitlin Orr (151st, 23:53).

Junior Sheila Reid won the individual title, finishing in 19:34 to beat Georgetown's Emily Infeld by 16 seconds. The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the nation coming into the regional, won the women's team title with 29 points. Georgetown was second with 40 points with Penn State in third with 91.

Kelsey ran the 10-kilometer course in 30:21, earning All-Region status with his finish. He was one second out of seventh and within striking distance of individual champion Ayalew Taye of Georgetown, who crossed the line in 30:05, one second ahead of Penn State's Kyle Dawson and two seconds before Penn State's Vince McNally.