Pair of top 20 finishes headline NCAA South Regional
HUNTSVILLE, AL – North Georgia College & State University finished 15th in the men’s race and 18th in the women’s race at the NCAA South Regional here Saturday Morning. Alan Schmitz and Emmy Lawalin were the high finishers for the Saints and Lady Saints to end the 2007 season.
The women’s 6k got started first and the University of Tampa came away the winner with all five of their runners in the top 15 to claim the South Regional Championship. Joining Tampa at the National Championships will be Harding and Alabama-Huntsville who both turned solid performances to finish second and third repectively. The Lady Saints finished 18th in the 23 team field with 475 total points.
Lawalin ran the 6k course in 24:18.0 to finish 44th, and Tiffany Rives was not far behind in 76th place with a time of 25:04.1.
Bea Nelligan followed just over a minute later in 110th place with a time of 26:07.6, and Savannah Bryce finished in a time of 26:24.9, which was good for 119th place.
Jessica Anderson rounded out the top five for the Lady Saints in 126th place with a time of 26:55.7, and Candace Chumley and Clare Madrid followed in 140th and 145th places with times of 28:17.9 and 29:36.9 respectively.
The Men’s 10k race was dominated by Florida Southern who scored just 61 points to take the Regional Championship. Alabama-Huntsville and Tampa tied for second place to both earn bids to the National Championship. North Georgia finished 15th in race with a score of 399, nine points ahead of conference rival Clayton State.
Schmitz led the Saints with a 38th place finish in a time of 34:29.5, and Michael Valentine followed closely with a time of 34:30.0 for 39th place.
Teale Marchette ran the course in 36:26.0, which was good for 92nd place, and Josh Kerzie came in 114th place with a time of 38:08.9.
Senior’s Tommy Stapleton and David Beall ran the last races of their collegiate careers and finished in 116th and 117th place with times of 38:35.7 and 38:39.0 respectively.