Coastal Cross Country Runs at NCAA Regional
Nov. 15, 2013
Earlysville, Va. - The Coastal Carolina men’s and women’s cross country teams ran at the NCAA Southeast Regional at Panorama Farms on Friday afternoon, with the women’s team finishing 22nd in the 38-team field in the women’s 6k and the men placing 25th of 35 teams in the men’s 10k. The men’s 25th place finish was the highest for the Chanticleers since finishing 24th in 2009.
Women’s 6k – 22nd of 38 teams (624 points)
Freshman Kyla van Graan paced the Chants on the women’s 6k course, the second time she has done so this season. The Pretoria, South Africa, native shattered her previous 6k personal-record time, finishing in 21:23 to place 31st in the field of 265 runners.
Sophomore Letitia Saayman, the 2013 Big South Runner of the Year, crossed second for the Chants, 91st overall, in 22:21. All-conference senior Shelby Nicosia finished third on the team, 130st overall, in 22:53. Fellow senior Emma Hulburd came in a half-minute after Nicosia, placing 180th overall with a time of 23:25. Emily Marchini was the 201st runner to cross the finish, rounding out the Chants top five with a 6k time of 23:47.
Sophomore Emily Stites of William and Mary was the regional’s individual champion, leading the pack with a sub-20 minute 6k time of 19:75. Virginia took the team title with 57 points, edging William and Mary who finished close behind with 69 points. NC State placed third with 142 points, followed by Duke (143) in fourth and Virginia Tech (157) in fifth.
Men’s 10k – 25th of 35 teams (714 points)
Joseph Keitt led the Chanticleer men for the sixth time of the 2013 season. The all-conference junior was the 54th of 239 runners to cross the finish line, turning in a 10k time of 30:39.
All-conference junior Evan Niciphor crossed on the heels of Keitt, placing 60th and finishing with a 30:44 10k time. Behind Niciphor was sophomore Zach Hensel, who placed 196th overall in 33:23. Senior Ryan Beckley finished fourth for the Chants, 210th overall in 34:07. Rounding out the Chants top five was senior Cameron Wells, who ran the course in 34:37 to place 220th overall.
Senior Paul Chelimo was the top individual finisher, edging NC State’s Andrew Colley by one second with a 28:37 10k time. Eastern Kentucky claimed the team title, edging the competition by a large margin with 58 points. Virginia finished second with 96 points, slightly ahead of NC State with 101 points. North Carolina took fourth with 137 points, while Virginia Tech placed fifth with 167 points.