Cross Country Readies for NCAA Southeast Regional
Nov. 14, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C – The NC State men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday, Nov. 15 at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The men's 10K race is scheduled for noon and will be followed by the women's 6k race at 1:15 p.m.
The top two teams and top four individuals at each of the nine regional meets around the nation will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 23. A total of thirteen teams will also earn at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. Those will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The NC State men’s team will compete alongside 40 teams on Friday, including fellow ACC rivals No. 18 UNC, Virginia Tech and Duke.
No. 17 Eastern Kentucky, Louisville, Furman, William & Mary and Liberty round out the rest of the teams ranked in the top 10 of the Southeast Regional. The Wolfpack comes into the meet ranked No. 7 overall, in the region.
“There has been improvement from the ACC Championships,” NC State men’s head coach Rollie Geiger said. “This regional championship is very competitive. I thought we had three solid performances at the ACC Championships. It’s a matter of us running well as a group. If we stay to the plan we laid out for the team, I’m confident we have the athletes to put this thing together on Friday.”
NC State senior Andrew Colley is coming off a first-place finish in the ACC Championships on Nov. 1 with a time of 23:37.9, lapping the field by almost 25 seconds. Colley has not finished out of the top five in any of his races this year, finishing third and fourth, respectively, at the Wisconsin Invitational and the Roy Griak Invitational earlier this year.
As a team at the ACC Championships, the State men were just one of three teams to have two runners finish in the top-ten. Graham Crawford an All-ACC nominee, finished in ninth-place overall for the Pack.
The NC State women’s team will run alongside 42 teams including ACC competitors No. 11 Virginia, No. 28 Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
No. 19 William & Mary, Louisville and Eastern Kentucky round out the remainder of the teams ranked in the top 10 of the Southeast Regional. The Wolfpack, who come in as the No. 5-ranked team in the regional, finished in third-place in last year’s event.
“I think we have a lot of the pieces in place to contend for a spot this weekend,” State women’s head coach Laurie Henes said. “We just have to focus on this one race and put the pieces together on the same day. If we do that, we can be very competitive in this race.”
Last time out, junior Joanna Thompson earned her third-straight All-ACC nomination after finishing in seventh place at the ACC Championships with a time of 20:29.6. Emily Pritt, running her first ACC Championship since 2009, finished in 34th place overall, while Kaitlyn Kramer came in at 36th.