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Women's Cross Country Finished 10th at NCAA Regionals

Women's Cross Country Finished 10th at NCAA Regionals

Freshman Julia Viellehner Becomes Seventh Lady Chanticleer to Qualify for Nationals since 1996

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    Louisville, Ken.- The  Coastal Carolina University women's cross country team ended their season with a 10th place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet hosted by the University of Louisville, Saturday, Nov. 11.

Freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) placed eighth out of 205 runners with a time of 20:40 which qualifies her for the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 20 in Terre Haute, Ind.  The last time Viellehner competed in Terre Haute she defeated several All-Americans in the Pre-National meet with her strong finish of 18th out of 241 runners.

Crossing the finish line next for the Lady Chanticleers was sophomore Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School)  who finished 33rd with a time of 21:37.  Not far behind Mensing was junior transfer Diana Jepchirchir (Kampala, Uganda/University of New Orleans) who clocked in at 22:11, giving her 53rd place.  Claudia Witte (Warlin, Germany/Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg) finished 74th with 22:25 and junior Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) placed 121st with a time of 23:40. Also earning points for Coastal was Theresa Schamberger (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble) who finished 140th with a time of 23:40 and Nikki Jasperson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) who finished with a time of 24:34, putting her in 183rd place. 

"This was a great team effort for us," Head Coach Alan Connie commented.  "Our goal was to get a top 10 finish as a team and try to get a National qualifier.  I'm very excited and proud of our team and am looking forward to a good Nationals race from Julia." 

The Lady Chanticleers also defeated Big South rival Liberty who finished 12th out of the 28 teams.  NC State won the meet as expected, followed by Duke, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest rounding out the top five.