The Coastal Carolina Womens Cross Country Team will be going after their 6th straight Big South Conference Cross Country Championship and the 12th in the programs history this Saturday, Oct. 28th.
The championship race, hosted by Charleston Southern, will be held at the Miler Country Club in Summerville, SC and the 5,000 meter race will begin at 9:00 am.
The Lady Chants will be led by freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) who has been named Big South Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week three times this season, after winning and setting new course records at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State and the Coastal Carolina Invitational. She also set a new Big South record for 6,000 meters with her third place finish (out of 237 runners) in a time of 20:33 at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University.
In her last competition at the NCAA Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Indiana she finished as the top freshman (18th overall out of 242 runners) in the seeded Blue Race.
CCU will also be led by sophomore Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School) who was a 2005 All Big South honoree in cross country with a fifth place finish at the Championships.
On the Regional Scene...
The Lady Chanticleers recently were ranked ninth in the Southeast Region according to the US Track and Field Association. Coastal is the only Big South team to earn a ranking so far this season.
The Coastal Carolina Womens Cross Country team finished 27th out of 36 teams in the Blue Seed of the NCAA Pre-Nationals Saturday, October 14.
Freshman Julia Viellehner defeated several All-Americans with her strong finish of 18th out of 241 runners with a time of 20:38. Runners in the top 30 win awards at the meet.
Felicitas Mensing was the second Lady Chanticleer to cross the finish line. Mensing finished 88th with a time of 21:36. Diana Jepchirchir (Kampala, Uganda/University of New Orleans) finished 160th at 22:10, Claudia Witte (Warlin, Germany/Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg) crossed the finish line at 22:37, giving her 194th spot. Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) finished 203 with a time of 22:46.
NCAA defending champions Stanford won the Blue Seed Race followed by Minnesota, Arizona and Brigham Young. Big South Conference rival Liberty finished in the 31st position with their top runner, Piper Newby finishing 82nd.
Several Lady Chants Run at Winthrop...
The Coastal Carolina womens cross country team had four runners and the mens team had one compete in the 4K Winthrop Classic Friday, October 14. Junior Nikki Jasperson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) was the first Lady Chanticleer to cross the finish line with a time of 15:45 giving her 30th place out of 87 runners.
Also running for Coastal was sophomore Keli Jo White (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) who notched 47th place with a time of 16:15, freshman Peggy Busbee (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken) clocked in at 16:47 giving her 57th place and freshman Katheryin Zenowitz (Groton Long Pt, Conn./Robert E. Fitch Senior High School) finished in 63rd place with a time of 17:22.
Viellehner Gets Honors Again...
Freshman Julia Viellehner was names Big South Runner of the Week for the week of October 18. Viellehner was the top freshman finisher in the Blue race at the Pre-National meet in Terra Haute, Ind. Her time of 20:38 on the 6K course was good for 18th overall in the race. She also posted the third-fastest overall freshman time in the Blue and White races combined. The honor marks the third time this season that she has been tabbed Runner of the Week.
Good News from the NCAA...
Junior transfer, Diana Jepchirchir has been declared eligible and competed in her first collegiate race as a Lady Chanticleer at the Paul Short Run, September 29. She had a strong finish of 37th. Jepchirchir competed in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field at the University of New Orleans where she was the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Champion with a time of 17:24.98. In 2005, she was also named Sun Belt Runner of the Year. Jepchirchir finished 24th at the NCAA South Region Championship which earned All-Region honors.
Viellehner Gets Two...
Viellehner has won and set two new course records in her first two races as a Lady Chant. At the CCU Invitational, Sept. 16, she won her second straight race in her first collegiate season, setting a new course record of 17:28.68 to defeat runner-up Cassie King of North Carolina by over 15 seconds. In her first collegiate meet, the Covered Bridge Open, Viellehner finished first with a time of 18:10 in the 5,000-meter-event, which set a new collegiate course record.
Paul Short Run...
The Coastal Carolina womens cross country squad turned in a solid performance, placing 10th at the nationally-renowned Paul Short Run in Lehigh, Pa., Sept. 29. The event was composed of 35 teams and 237 runners from across the country. The Lady Chanticleers scored 290 points in the meet, as nationally-ranked Princeton won the meet by a single point over Wisconsin, also a nationally-ranked squad.
Julia Viellehner turned in another outstanding performance in her first year, setting a new Big South Conference and school 6K record with a time of 20:33, placing third in a very strong field. She bettered the old mark of former Lady Chant Anne Marie Moutsinga by five seconds at this distance.
Junior Diana Jepchirchir, in her first race after receiving clearance from the NCAA to compete, finished 37th in a time of 21:42, while sophomore Felicitas Mensing took 47th just 12 seconds behind Jepchirchir in 21:54. Rounding out the Coastal effort was junior Aubrey Bergquist in 73rd in a time of 22:30, freshman Theresa Schamberger in 130th with 23:24 and senior Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J./Southern Regional) placing 185th with a time of 24:12.
The Coastal Carolina women split the results at the 2006 CCU Cross Country Invitational, held at Quail Creek Golf Course, Sept. 16. In the meet scored as a double dual, the Lady Chanticleers defeated East Carolina 19-37 and lost to North Carolina 24-35.
Freshman Julia Viellehner won her second straight race in her first collegiate season, setting a new course record of 17:28.68 to defeat runner-up Cassie King of North Carolina by over 15 seconds. Sophomore Felicitas Mensing was next for Coastal at fourth in 18:15.58, while freshman Theresa Schamberger was seventh at 19:02.86. Claudia Witte placed 13th at 19:39.49, Danielle Hagler placed 14th at 20:00,
Senior Nikki Jasperson placed 19th at 20:22.30, Peggy Busbee clocked in at 21:18.53 notching 24th place and Kathryn Zenowitz placed 26th with a time of 21:31.49.
Covered Bridge Open...
The Coastal Carolina womens cross country team placed third at the Covered Bridge Open Friday, September 1 with 69 points. Freshman Julia Viellehner won with a time of 18:10 in the 5,000-meter-event, which set a new collegiate course record. CCU finished behind Florida State and Appalachian State with scores of 30 and 53, respectively.
The Lady Chanticleers had two runners place in the top five with Viellehner and sophomore Felicitas Mensing who placed fifth. She finished with a time of 18:35, almost a minute faster than her ninth place finish last year. Three other runners scored points for Coastal in the meet, freshman Theresa Schamberger finished 14th with a time of 19:29, junior Aubrey Bergquist clocked in at the 18th slot with 19:37 with a time of 20:38.
Senior Claudia Witte crossed the finish line 31st. Also running for the Lady Chants placing 53rd with a time of 22:32 was freshman Peggy Busbee.
Do I Hear Six in a Row?...
Leading CCU as it attempts to capture its sixth consecutive Big South Championship title is senior captain Danielle Hagler, who completed the 6k course 97th at 22:50 in the Southeast Regional meet last season. Sophomore Felicitas Mensing comes off an impressive freshman campaign, placing fifth at the Big South Championships and 37th at the Southeast Regional at 21:28, as well as notching 2005 All-Big South Honors.
Domination in the Big South....
Coastal Carolina Universitys womens cross country squad has been chosen first in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Cross Country Coaches and Sports Information Directors and announced today by the Conference office.
Coastal Carolina has been picked to win its sixth-straight Big South womens cross country title, receiving 13 first-place votes and 157 out of a possible 162 points. The Lady Chants, which have claimed a Big South-record 11 championships, finished 16 points ahead of second-place Liberty.
The 2005 Big South cross country season begins Friday, Sept. 1. The New Balance mens and womens cross country Conference Championship is slated for Saturday, Oct. 28, and will be hosted by Charleston Southern University.