Nov. 12, 2011
Men's Results (PDF)
Women's Results (PDF)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ryan Hill won his second postseason championship race in a row Saturday, leading NC State to the team championship at the NCAA Southeast Regional at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville.
In the women’s race, NC State lost in a photo finish to ACC rival Virginia, which won the race with a team score of 107 points. The Wolfpack was six points back with 113.
The top two teams in each NCAA Regional receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, which will be held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. This year marks the NC State men’s sixth consecutive appearance at nationals, their 16th in the last 17 years, and their 23rd overall.
This will be the NC State women’s 27th appearance at the NCAA Championships, the most of any school in the nation. The Wolfpack women will be appearing at nationals for the 15th time in the last 17 years.
NC State easily won the men’s team championship with a score of 68 points. Eastern Kentucky was a distant second with 139 points. William & Mary (152) was third, followed by Virginia Tech (161) and North Carolina (162) rounding out the top five.
Hill — a senior, two-time All-American, and the 2011 individual ACC champion for NC State — continued his late-season surge Saturday. Sophomore Andrew Colley, who was runner-up to Hill at the ACC Championships, took fourth place at the regional, giving NC State another strong 1-2 punch at the front of the lead pack.
Behind Hill and Colley, senior Bobby Moldovan was 14th, junior Patrick Campbell was 24th, junior Matt Sonnenfeldt was 25th, senior Adam Henken was 30th, and junior Brian Himelright was 36th for the 14th-ranked Wolfpack. By virtue of their top 25 finishes, Moldovan and Campbell join Hill and Colley on the All-Southeast Regional Team.
Virginia and 20th-ranked NC State outdistanced the rest of the field in the women’s race. North Carolina was third with 133 points, 20 points behind runner-up NC State. Clemson was fourth at 147, and Duke rounded out the top five with a score of 178 points.
Senior Andie Cozzarelli paced the State women, finishing seventh overall. Freshman Joanna Thompson was 13th, with sophomore Laura Hoer 18th, making it a Wolfpack trio on the All-Southeast Regional team. Junior Erin Mercer finished 30th, with sophomore Kenyetta Iyevbele 45th.