GREENVILLE, N.C. Coastal Carolinas womens cross country team and head coach Alan Connie placed seventh in the Southeast Regional with 234 points, ahead of the national ranked Kentucky women's cross country program, on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 12, at Overtons Lake Kristi course hosted by East Carolina.
Senior Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania/Radu Negru) placed 15th in the region with a time of 20:50 in the 6k race. Moutsinga will find out tomorrow, Nov. 13, if she qualifies for NCAA Nationals for the second time.
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.
The freshmen of Coastal Carolina fared well in their first Southeast Regional meet. All three placed in the top-50. Finishing an impressive 37th with a 21:28 was Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/ Leplery Secondary School). On her heels was teammate Saskia Janssen (Schwalmtal, Germany/ St.Wolfhelm Gymnasium) who was 38th (21:30).
Estelle Oberson (Geneva, Switzerland/ Emilie-Gourd) was 47th (21:38) for CCU.
The fifth finisher for the Chanticleers was junior Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J. / Southern Regional), who completed the 6k course 97th at 22:50.
Junior Eileen Wicker (Quinton, Va./New Kent) was the sixth finisher and 123rd overall for the Chants with a 23:09.
Senior Jessica Goeden (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids) finished 132nd for Coastal with a 23:41.
Coastal Carolina womens cross country team finished ahead of Kentucky, who are ranked 5th in the Southeast Region according to the Womens Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association (WICCCA). The six nationally and regionally ranked teams that finished above Coastal in order of finish were Duke, North Carolina State, Virginia, Wake Forest, William & Mary and East Carolina.
The CCU women will find out on Sunday, Nov. 13 whether any were selected to participate in NCAA National Championships on Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.