The Chanticleers will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships again tomorrow
Eleven student-athletes will compete for a chance to go to the NCAA Championships this weekend.
Eleven Chanticleer student-athletes qualified for this year's NCAA East Preliminary Round.
**2015: Big South Outdoor Women's Runner of the Year, NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier in the 10,000m (outdoor), Big South Champion in the 5,000m (outdoor/indoor) and 10,000m (outdoor), All-Big South in 3,000m (indoor) and distance medley relay (indoor), NCAA All-American (cross country), NCAA Championship Qualifier (cross country), All-Southeast Region (cross country), NCAA D1 Southeast Region Runner of the Year (cross country), All-Big South (cross country), Big South Women's Runner of the Year (cross country)
**2014: Big South 10,000m Champion, indoor 5000m Champion, All-Big South in outdoor 5,000m and NCAA qualifer, All-Region and All-Big South in cross country
**2013: All-Big South in indoor 3,000m, Big South Champion in cross country
**2012: Big South Champion in 10,000m. All-Big South in 5,000m, All-Big South and Big South Freshman of the Year in cross country
2015 Cross Country: Qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed 18thamongst 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: 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: 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: Took first place in the 10,000m at the Big South Championships with a time of 35:50.14 and was runner-up in the 5,000m at the Big South meet... Clocked a personal best of 16:56.02 at the Raleigh Relays and set a personal best in the mile run of 5:00.47 at the Shamrock Invitational... Clocked 4:41.75 in her only 1,500m race of the season... Member of 2013-14 Big South Presidential Honor Roll, Dean's List.
2014 Indoor: Won the Big South 5,000m championship with a meet-record time of 17:01.09... Also had a personal best in the 3,000m at the Big South meet, clocking 9:48.66 to place fourth.
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: 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: 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: Earned All-Big South honors after placing 10th overall at the Big South Championship with a personal-best 5K time of 18:14.78 ... Notched personal-best 6K time of 22:33.28 at NCAA Southeast Regional ... Runner-up at Coastal Carolina Invitational.
2012 Outdoor: Earned All-Big South honors in 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters with a first-place finish in the 10,000 and runner-up finish in the 5,000 ... Season-bests were 17:20.29 in the 5,000 meters and 36:21.70 in the 10,000 meters ... Won the 5,000 meters at the CCU/Shamrock Invitational ... Placed seventh in the 3,000 meters at the Penn Relays, the only time she ran the event ... Notched a season-best time of 4:39.61 in the 1,500 meters at the Tiger Final Qualifier and finished fourth in the event at the Weems Baskin Relays.
2012 Indoor: Won the 3,000 meters at the Clemson Invitational with a season-best time of 10:09.40 ... Finished third at the Big South Championships in the 5,000 meters and sixth in the 3,000 meters ... Season-best in the 5,000 meters was 17:20.31 to place fourth at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup ... Member of the distance medley teams that placed third at the Clemson Invitational and Big South Championships ... Finished the season ranked second in the Big South in the 5,000 meters and third in the 3,000 meters.
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.