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Women's Cross Country Looks to Impress at NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday

The women's 6K race will start at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday.

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Nov. 11, 2011

NCAA Southeast Regional Meet Central

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women’s cross country team will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional meet on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Louisville, Ky. The Chanticleers are set to toe the line at 11:15 a.m. along with 38 other teams for the 6-kilometer race.

This year marks the fifth time in a six-year span that the Southeast Regional has been held at the home course of the University of Louisville. The top two teams in the meet will automatically advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championship on Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind., where they will join the top teams from the other nine regional meets as well as the 13 at-large teams selected to compete by the NCAA. Individuals qualify for the national meet by being one of the top four individuals on a non-qualifying team and must finish in the top 25 overall in their respective regional meet.

The Chanticleers enter Saturday with a rich history of success at the regional meets. Coastal’s highest team finish at a regional was in 1996 as the team finished third in a 77-team field. In the past 13 years Coastal has had 13 All-Southeast Regional selections and seven top ten finishers. During that span the Chants have had seven individual qualifiers for the NCAA Cross Country Championship, with two of those qualifiers-- Julia Viellehner, who was 11th at the national meet in 2006 and Diana Jepchirchir, who was 29th in 2007-- going on to earn All-American honors. Angela Murphy (1996), Jolene Williams (1997), and Jepchirchir (2007) share the honor of the highest individual finisher of fifth at the Southeast Regional in Chanticleer history.

This year’s Regional field features three nationally ranked teams of North Carolina State (20), Virginia (21) and North Carolina (25).

The Chants came home with a strong finish their last time out at as the team earned a third place finish at the Big South Championship on Oct. 29. Coastal was led in the meet by All-Big South Conference member Christian Johnson. Johnson finished the 5K meet with a personal-record of 17:56. Marchini placed second for Coastal as she finished 13th overall with a personal-best time of 18:27. Right on Marchini’s heels was Stephanie Taylor who also finished with a personal-best time of 18:39. Shelby Nicosia and Janel Reeves finished with times of 18:48 and 18:57, respectively, to round out the Coastal scorers.

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