Cross Country Teams Finish Third at NCAA Southeast Regional
Nov. 9, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The NC State men’s and women’s cross country teams each posted third place finishes Friday afternoon at the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regional at McAlpine Creek Park.
In the men’s 10K race, redshirt junior Andrew Colley cruised to a third place finish in 29:39.68 to pace the Wolfpack, followed by senior Matt Sonnenfeldt who also crossed the finish line under the 30-minute mark with a time of 29:58.54 and freshman Graham Crawford in 16th place, posting a 30:31.24 time. All three runners claimed All-Region honors for their top-25 finishes.
After finishing among the top four runners from non-automatic qualifying teams, Colley punched his ticket as an individual for the NCAA Championships next Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.
“Andrew Colley had a terrific race, and so did Matt [Sonnenfeldt],” said men’s head coach Rollie Geiger. “We had five guys run well, and finishing ahead of Virginia Tech, who won at ACCs, is good for us in terms of criteria points.”
Redshirt senior Patrick Campbell led the next group of Pack runners to cross the finish line, notching a 31st place finish in 30:55.16, followed by redshirt sophomore Michael Mansy in 42nd place (31:09.56), redshirt junior Robert Andrews (31:44.91) and redshirt senior Brian Himelright (32:37.94).
Virginia (64 points) and Eastern Kentucky (75 points) earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships as the top two team finishers. NC State followed with 102 points, ahead of ACC Champion Virginia Tech (150 points) and Duke (201 points) to round out the top five in the 34-team field.
On the women’s side, sophomore and All-ACC selection Joanna Thompson led the Pack with an 11th-place finish with a time of 20:51.45 on the 6K course, followed by redshirt junior Samantha Norman who finished in 17th place with a 21:02.78 clocking. Thompson and Norman earned All-Region honors as top-25 finishers.
Freshman Sheridan Jordan was next to complete the course with a 55th place finish (21:51.68), followed by freshman and ACC Freshman of the Year Samantha George in 62nd place (21:56.26) and redshirt senior Tiayonna Blackmon stopped the clock for the Wolfpack in 67th place with a 22:00.12 time.
Duke and William & Mary were the top two finishers with 81 and 126 points, respectively, followed by NC State (147 points), Kentucky (173 points) and North Carolina (195 points) to round out the top five in a field comprised of 37 teams.
The Pack will await announcement for at-large bids to next weekend’s NCAA Championships.