Annie Bothma Takes Regional XC Title; Chanticleer Women Place 13th
EARLYSVILLE, Va. - Annie Bothma of the Coastal Carolina women's cross country team won the NCAA Southeast Regional individual championship to lead the Chanticleers to a 13th place finish at Panorama Farms on Friday. It is the second consecutive year the Chants have had an individual champion at the regional. Hutson Baumann was the lone runner from the men's team to compete placing 70th of the 210 competitors.
Women's 6k | 13th of 32 Teams, 372 points
A trio of South African runners, Annie Bothma, Kyla van Graan and Aynslee van Graan, paced the way for the Chants finishing first, 13th and 17th, respectively, to earn All-Region honors as top 25 finishers
Bothma crossed the finish line with a time of 20:15.4 and first overall for the women's team as well as being named Region Runner of the Year.
"To have the individual champion for the second year in a row is an amazing accomplishment," said head coach Jeff Jacobs. "Annie took control of the race at the mile mark and kept increasing her lead at each check point."
Kyla finished 13th with a time of 20:51.6. Aynslee followed closely in 17th with a time of 20:54.8.
"I am so happy for Kyla, this was by far her best race of the season," Jacobs stated. "She was aggressive from the start getting into the top 20 and finishing strong. Aynslee placing 17th gave us our best top three finish at this meet in the history of the program."
Alesia Muklebust was the next Chanticleer to cross the finish line at 23:24.3 in 156th, followed by Rachel Byrd in 186th at 24:11.3. Alyssa LeClaire finished with 24:47.6 and 197th and Kayla Tracy was two spots back in 199th with a time of 24:58.1.
The 13th place finish was the highest finish in 10 years, 2006 finished 10th. N.C. State the top ranked team in the region and #2 in the country, was the team champions with 53 points.
For the third straight year, the Chanticleers will have a student-athlete qualify for nationals from the women's program, following Letitia Saayman in 2014 and Kyla and Saayman in 2015.
Men's 10k | unranked
Baumann, a sophomore, crossed the finish line with a time of 31:06.7 and 70th overall.
"Hutson did a great job today in his first region race," Jacobs said.
Since the men's team did not have five runners they did not qualify as an official team for scoring. N.C. State captured the men's team regional title with 90 points.