Nov. 9, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina's men's and women's cross country teams completed their 2012 season Friday after running in the NCAA Southeast Regional meet hosted by UNC Charlotte. The women's team placed 22nd of 37 teams while the men's team finished 29th of 34 teams.
For the third time this season, junior Emily Marchini finished out in front for the lady Chants, crossing the line in 22:16 to turn in an 87th place finish. Senior Jessica Dennison finished second for the Chants, coming in at 22:30 with Letitia Saayman, the 2012 Big South Freshman of the Year, finishing right on her heels in 22:33.
Duke took the team title by a sizable margin, finishing with 81 points. William & Mary were the runners-up with 123 points, and North Carolina State finished in third with 147 points. Kentucky's Cally Macumber was the 6K individual champion, while Liberty's Jennifer Klugh represented the Big South well, finishing sixth overall.
In the men's 10K, Coastal's top runner Evan Niciphor led the team for the fourth time this season with an impressive time of 31:29, good enough to finish 55 of 227 runners. Big South Conference All-Team honoree Joseph Keitt and senior Kyle Kling also ran well for the Chants, posting times of 33:50 and 34:43, respectively. Sophomore Tyler Cummingsfinished close behind Kling, crossing in 34:46.
Virginia placed five runners in the top 20 as it grabbed 64 points and a first place finish. Eastern Kentucky finished close behind with 75 points and North Carolina State took another third place finish with 102 points. In addition to placing second, Eastern Kentucky produced the top finisher in Soufiane Bouchikhi .
With the end of the cross country season, the men and women student-athletes will now look ahead to track and field in the spring.