CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolinas womens cross country team and head coach Alan Connie will be in action this weekend as it travels to Greenville, N.C. to participate in the NCAA Southeast Regional hosted by East Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) won her third individual title at the Big South Cross Country Championships with a course record 17:45 at the 5k course at the Virginia Horse Center. Coastal won its fifth consecutive conference title. Moutsinga went to the NCAA Regional Championships two years ago.
The three CCU freshmen all did well in their first Big South Championship meet. All trio earned All-Conference honors by placing in the top six. Saskia Janssen (Schwalmtal, Germany/St. Wolfhelm Gymnasium) finished third with a time of 18:15. Fellow freshmen Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School) and Estelle Oberson (Geneva, Switzerland (Emilie-Gourd) finished fifth and sixth with times of 18:29 and 18:32, respectively. Janssen was also named the Rookie/Freshman of the Year.
Coastal is currently ranked eighth in the Southeast Region according to the Womens Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association (WICCCA). The seven teams above Coastal are all ranked in the top 36 nationally (Duke, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and William & Mary).
At the Southeast Regional, the top two teams from each of the nine regions are automatically qualified for nationals. After that the 13 at-large teams from all the regions are invited to nationals based on finishes at Pre-Nationals and the Great American Race. After that, the four top individual finishers that are not on any of the selected teams are invited to nationals as well. There will be 30 teams competing in Saturdays 12:15 p.m. race in CCUs region.
Coastal is going for its sixth top-10 finish since 1996. Last season, CCU finished ninth.
Following the competition on Saturday, members of Coastals womens cross country team could travel to the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21.