Nov. 12, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The young Coastal Carolina men's cross country team gained valuable experience as competitors at the 10-kilometer NCAA Southeast Regional meet in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday morning.
North Carolina State and Eastern Kentucky finished first and second, respectively, earning the regional's automatic qualifying spots at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Ryan Hill of N.C. State won the meet with a time of 29:48.8.
Freshman Evan Niciphorled Coastal across the finish line in his first collegiate 10K race with a time of 32:34.2. Niciphor's time was good for a 104th place finish in the 218 competitor field.
"Evan ran well for his first 10K race of his collegiate career," said head coach Jeff Jacobs. "I am glad to see him run well today and finish his superb freshman season on a high note."
Classmate Joseph Keitt followed Niciphor to turn in the Chants' second best time of 33:43.8 to place 151st overall. Sophomore Cameron Wells, also competing in his first 10K event, turned in a time of 35:21.4. Tyler Cummings and Spencer Langewrapped up the Chanticleer scorers with time of 35:35.1 and 36:14.5, respectively.
"This was one of the most competitive regional races I can recall," said Jacobs. "The field was very deep and full of great talent. With us being such a young team, our guys were able to gain great experience competing against some of the best competition in the country." The Chanticleers will now turn their efforts toward the outdoor track and field season which begins in the spring.