Nov. 13, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Coastal Carolina men's cross country team member Kyle Kling suffered an injury midway through NCAA Southeast Regional meet on Saturday, Nov. 13 in Louisville, Ky and was unable to finish the 10k race.
Liberty's Sam Chelanga and Evans Kigen claimed the top two spots in the 231 competitor field as they turned in times of 29:55.8 and 30:11.5 respectively. William & Mary took home first place as a team with a combined 85 points while Duke finished second with 116 points. North Carolina State (131), Richmond (158), and Louisville (176) rounded out the top five in the 34 team field.
With placing in the top two at the regional, William & Mary and Duke will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Kling, Coastal's only representative at the regional meet, was in search of an individual at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championship meet before being sidelined with the injury. Kling has been the Chants lead runner in each of the six meets this season finishing in the top ten in each. His seventh place finish in the Big South Championship meet earned him All-Conference honors, while he was recognized his extraordinary efforts in the classroom by being tabbed to the Big South All-Academic team.
Kling was also honored by the Big South this season as the runner of the week for the week ending Oct. 27 after he claimed first place in the Mount Olive Invitational. His 5k time of 15:10 in the meet was a career personal record.
Kling and the rest of the Chanticleers will now turn their efforts toward the outdoor track and field season which will begin in the spring.