Week 6 Notes:
Jepchirchir Wins Individual Crown
Senior Diana Jepchirchir became the eighth different Lady Chanticleer to win the Big South Individual Championship and be named Big South Runner of the Year. For Jepchirchir, this is the second time she’s won an individual conference championship. Prior to attending Coastal, Jepchirchir won the Sun Belt Cross Country Individual title in 2005 while at the University of New Orleans.
Running to All-Region Distinction
For 12 consecutive seasons, a Coastal runner has garnered All-Region honors. The streak began in 1995 with Catherine Conder receiving her first of three All-Region honors. In that span, Coastal has seen four runners garner multiple All-Region honors in Conder (1995-97), Jolene Williams (1998-2000), Kara Koppel (2001-02) and Anne Marie Moutsinga (2003-05).
Making the Top-10
Coastal has placed in the top-10 in the team standings in each of the last three years at the regional meet. The Lady Chanticleers’ highest finish was seventh in 2005 with 234 points, one point ahead of eighth-place finisher James Madison.
Just 1K More
Saturday’s race will be the third 6K for Coastal this season. At the Brooks Paul Short Run Sept. 28, the Lady Chanticleers averaged a team time of 22:14. Two weeks later at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, Coastal averaged a time of 22:02.
Head coach Alan Connie has entered seniors Aubrey Bergquist and Diana Jepchirchir, junior Felicitas Mensing, sophomore Theresa Schamberger and redshirt freshman Maranie Staab into the Southeast Regional. Additionally, senior Nikki Jasperson and freshman Shelby Donahue are entered as alternates.
Among the Ranks
The Lady Chants are currently ranked 10th in the latest Southeast Region poll. Coastal has been ranked 10th, which is its highest regional ranking this season, in five of the eight regional polls that were conducted. Throughout the season, Coastal has not been ranked any lower than 12th.