Saayman ends her career with another record-breaking performance.
Saayman will compete in the NCAA DI National Championship on Saturday Nov. 21
Senior Letitia Saayman captures regional title and advances to NCAA Championships.
Letitia Saayman earned her second Big South title on Saturday.
Cross Country Honors
2015: NCAA All-American, NCAA Championship Qualifier, All-Southeast Region, NCAA D1 Southeast Region Runner of the Year, All-Big South, Big South Women's Runner of the Year
2014: NCAA Championships Qualifier, All-Southeast Region, Big South Cross Country All-Conference Team
2013: Big South Women's Runner of the Year, Big South Cross Country All-Conference Team
2012: Big South Women's Freshman of the Year, Big South All-Conference Team
Cross Country Personal Records
5K - 17:00.92 (2015 Coastal Carolina Invitational)
6K - 20:09.8 (2015 NCAA Championships)
2015 Cross Country: Qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed 18th amongst a 254 runner-field with a 6K time of 20:09.8… Saayman earned All-American honors becoming the third Chanticleer to accomplish this feat… The 2nd highest finish at the NCAA Championships in school history… Broke the 6k program record with her 20:09.8 time in the NCAA Championships… Earned All-Region honors by finishing first overall in the Southeast Regional meet becoming the first Chanticleer to capture this title… Saayman was named the NCAA D1 Southeast All-Region Runner of the Year becoming the first Chanticleer to earn this honor… Earned all-conference honors with a first-place finish at the Big South Championships… Was named Big South Women’s Runner of the Year for the second time in her career… Won three of her five regular-season races, taking first at the Carolina Challenge, Coastal Carolina Invitational, and Royals Cross Country Challenge… Clocked personal-best 5K time of 17:00.92 while finishing first at the Coastal Carolina Invitational… Named Big South Runner of the Week four times becoming the only runner in Big South history to earn this award four times in one season since 2005.
2015 Outdoor Track & Field: Named the Big South Women’s Runner of the Year … Finished 41st in the 10,000m at the NCAA East Preliminary with a time of 36:45.92 … Earned All-Big South honors after taking home the title in both the 5,000m and 10,000m races at the Big South Conference Championships … Her 10,000m time of 34:54.43 set Conference Championship and Vert Stadium records … Also, her 16:51.56 in the 5,000m established the meet standard … Set a school record in the 10,000m run following her fifth-place finish at the Raleigh Relays when she clocked in at 34:33.85 … She was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for her performance … Also set personal records in the 1,500m, mile and outdoor 3,000m races … Made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2015 semester … Member of the 2014-15 Big South Honor Roll.
2015 Indoor Track & Field: Earned All-Big South honors after winning the 5,000m run and finishing second in both the 3,000m run and distance medley relay … Her 5,000m time of 16:52.74 set a new indoor school record … Clocked a season-best 3,000m time of 9:38.83 and won the event at the Samford Invitational – good for the third-fastest indoor time in CCU history … Did not finish outside of the top-two in four appearances in the event … Posted a mile time of 5:05.86 and finished seventh at the Hilton Garden Invitational.
2014 Cross Country: Qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed in the top half of the field with a 6K time of 21:15.9... Earned All-Region honors by finishing 12th in the Southeast Regional meet with new personal-best 6K time of 20:39.20... Earned all-conference honors with a third-place finish at the Big South Championships... Won three of her four regular-season races, taking first at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, Big South Preview and Blue Ridge Invitational... Clocked personal-best 5K time of 17:08.79 while finishing sixth at the Greater Louisville Classic... Named Big South Runner of the Week three times.
2014 Outdoor Track & Field: Was named All-Big South in both the 5,000m and 10,000m ... Was the 10,000m champion at the Big South championship with a time of 35:50.14 ... Finished the 5,000m at the Big South championship in 17:16.02 to place second ... Placed fifth in the 5,000m at the Raleigh Relays with a season-best time of 16:56.02 ... Finished the mile in 5:00.47 at the Shamrock Invitational to place third ... Ran the 1,500m at the Georgia Tech Invitational in 4:41.75 ... Was named to the 2013-14 Big South Presidential Honor Roll, Dean's List.
2014 Indoor Track & Field: All-Big South and conference champion in the 5,000 meters, while setting a meet-record time of 17:01.09... Clocked personal-best 9:48.66 in the 3,000 meters to finish fourth at the Big South meet.
2013 Cross Country: Was named the women's Big South Runner of the Year and received all-conference honors for the second consecutive year ... Received Big South Runner of the Week honors four times ... Led the Chants in five of the six meets she ran ... Started the season by winning the Carolina Challenge with a 5k time of 18:06, which at that point was a personal best ... Took first place at the Big South Preview, setting the Buena Vista 5k course record of 18:18.17 and leading the Chants to a first place team finish ... Set a 6k personal record of 21:27 at the Paul Short Run, placing 51st of 406 runners ... Led the Chants to a third-place finish at the Blue Ridge Open, placing sixth with a 5k time of 18:12 ... Claimed the individual crown and led Coastal to a Big South Championship after setting a new 5k record at the Buena Course of 17:46.86 ... Finished second for the Chants at the NCAA Southeast Regional, turning in a 6k time of 22:21.
2013 Outdoor Track & Field: Placed fifth in the 10,000 meters at the Big South Championships and set new personal-best in the event of 35:23.37 at the Raleigh Relays.
2013 Indoor Track & Field: Earned all-conference honors in the 3,000 meters with a third-place finish at the Big South Championships while recording a personal-best time of 10:05.21 ... Had top-five finishes in both other 3,000-meter races, including runner-up at Clemson's Tiger Paw Invitational ... Also notched personal-best in the mile run at the Big South Championships, placing fourth in a time of 5:06.53 ... Runner-up in the 5,000 meters at the Hilton Garden Invitational.
2012 Cross Country: Ran in all six events as a freshman, finishing first for the Chants, 10th overall, at the Big South Championship to receive Big South All-Conference Team and Big South Freshman of the Year honors ... Crossed the line second overall with a 5K time of 18:22.93 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational ... Placed third for the team, 33rd overall at the Big South Preview in 18:59 ... Ran the 6K Charlotte Invitational in 23:29 ... Stopped the clock in 18:55 to finish 28th at the 5K Blue Ridge Mountain Open ... Ran a 5K personal record time of 18:14.78 to finish 10th at the Big South Championship ... Finished third for the team in 22:33 at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
2012 Outdoor Track & Field: Big South 10,000m champion ... Finished the season with Coastal's top 5,000m and 10,000m times ... Cruised to the finish line in the 10,000m at the Big South Championship with a time of 36:30.13 to claim her first career conference title ... Posted a season-best time of 4:39.31 to place seventh in the 1,500m at the Tiger Final Qualifier ... Ran the 3,000m in 10:07.83 to finish seventh at the prestigious Penn Relays ... Clocked a season-best time of 17:20.29 to win the 5,000m at the Shamrock Invitational ... Took the silver medal in the 5,000m at the Big South Championship with a time of 17:32.56.
2012 Indoor Track & Field: Finished the season with Coastal's top 3,000m and 5,000m times ... Posted a time of 5:16.69 in the mile at the Virginia Tech Invitational ... Ran a season-best time of 10:09.40 to win the 3,000m at the Clemson Invitational ... Turned in a fourth-place finish in the 5,000m at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup with a season-best time of 17:20.31 ... Earned a bronze medal in the 5,000m at the Big South Championship with a time of 17:46.06.
At Centurion HS: Won the state championship in the 5000 meters in 2010... Won the region and Jakaranda Prestige conference championship in the 1500 meters and was conference champion in the 3000 meters during junior season... Finished first in the conference in the 1500 meters during freshman season... Set the Centurion High School record in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:51... Ran personal best times of 2:18 in the 800 meters, 10:12 in the 3000 meters and 17:51 in the 5000 meters... Competed in the World XC Championships from 2009-2011 finishing 80th, 39th and 51st respectfully ... Won the state championships in the 4k during freshman season and took second during sophomore season... Centurion High School won the region in cross country from 2007-2010.