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Women's Cross Country Places 19th at Regionals, Jepchirchir Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Women's Cross Country Places 19th at Regionals, Jepchirchir Qualifies for NCAA Championships

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- Coastal Carolina's women's cross country team finished 19th with 477 points at the NCAA Southeast Regionals at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park Saturday, Nov. 10. Meanwhile, senior Diana Jepchirchir (Kampala, Uganda/University of New Orleans) became the fourth Lady Chanticleer to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

"Diana ran a very strong race," Head Coach Alan Connie said. "She was in third to sixth place throughout the whole race. She had a kick at the end that pushed her ahead of the North Carolina State's Angelina Blackmon."

The top two teams and then the next four individuals not from the two qualifying teams automatically advance to the National Championships. Jepchrichir finished fifth overall with a personal-best 6K time of 20:22.50 and was the fourth runner not from a National Championship qualifying team. The 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships take place on Monday, Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. with the 6K race scheduled to start at 12:58 p.m.

Crossing the finish line next for the Lady Chants was redshirt freshman Maranie Staab (Trafford, Pa./Trafford), who was 81st in a personal-record time of 22:12.75. Sophomore Theresa Schamberger (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble) finished 105th in a time of 22:37.05. Senior Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) clocked 22.48.40 and was 114th. Freshman Shelby Donahue (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) ran the 6K course in a time of 24:09.85 and placed 191st. Senior Nikki Jasperson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) rounded out the Lady Chants by finishing 197th in a time of 24:15.40. Junior Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary) was unable to complete the race due to an illness.

North Carolina State won the Southeast Regional with 106 points, while Duke finished second with 114.