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Women's Cross Country Heads to NCAA Southeast Regionals

Women's Cross Country Heads to NCAA Southeast Regionals

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Chanticleers Bring Home Championship No. 12
The Chanticleers captured their 12th Big South Championship in program history on Nov. 1. The Chants were paced by a trio of runners that cracked the top 10 in redshirt freshman Mia Wyszynski, redshirt sophomore Maranie Staab and freshman Christian Johnson.

Chants Headed to NCAA Southeast Regional
Coastal Carolina will next participate in the NCAA Southeast Regionals, with their top seven runners competing. The event is slated for a 11 a.m. start from Winson-Salem, N.C., and is being hosted by Wake Forest University.

Staab Repeats
For the second consecutive season, Maranie Staab earned All-Big South honors after turning in an impressive 18:46 in the 5k race, earning her fourth place. The Pennsylvania native entered the meet Coastal Carolina’s top returning runner after finishing ninth at last season’s meet.

Johnson Earns Top Freshman Honors
With her seventh place finish at the conference meet, Johnson took home the 10th Freshman of the Year honor in the storied history of Coastal Carolina cross country. Coastal Carolina has now had 10 of the last 15 Freshman of the Year awards, with the most recent coming in 2006 as Julia Viellehner earned the distinction. Prior to 2006, Coastal Carolina had won five consecutive Freshman of the Year honors.

Connie Makes it a Dozen
Head Coach Alan Connie has now led his team to 12 Big South Cross Country titles in his 23 years as the head man of the Chanticleer program, and has 12 Big South Coach of the Year honors to match.

Schamberger Makes the Grade
Performance on the course is always a priority for any team, but excelling in the classroom is a standard that Coastal Carolina has become accustomed to. This was never more evident than junior Theresa Schamberger making the Big South All-Academic team after achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA in the classroom. A returning All-Big South runner from a year ago, Schamberger fought off injuries all season to turn in a solid time of 20:16 to place 25th at the Big South meet.

Good Things Come In Threes
The Big South team championship was not only the crowning achievement of Coastal Carolina’s season, it was the third overall team win this season. The Chants had previously ran away with team titles in the Coastal Carolina Invite (Sept. 13) and the Big South Preview (Sept.20).

USTFCCCA Showing the Chants Some Love
The Chants are currently ranked No. 13 in the Southeast Regional Poll by the USTFCCCA. Liberty is the other school representing the Big South, with the Flames being ranked a spot behind of the Chants at No. 14.

Looking Ahead
Coastal Carolina will look to send runners to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 24. The race is scheduled to start at 12:05 p.m.

-Coastal Carolina has earned All-Region Honors 16 times since 1993  (All-Region is a top 25 Individual Finish at the NCAA Southeast Regionals)

- Coastal Carolina has advanced athletes 7 times from the Regionals to the NCAA National Championship since 1996- with the last 2 – Julia Viellehner and Diana Jepchirchir going on to earn All American Honors at the National Championships.  No other South Carolina University  has advanced a single athlete to the NCAA National Championships since 1996

-The Chants have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Southeast Regionals 7 times since 1996 with the highest finish being third in ’96 when there were 76 teams in the Region (there are now 50).  No other SC University has ever finished in the top 10 since “96