The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's and Men's Cross Country Teams finished fifth and 11th, respectively, at the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship held Saturday morning at McAlpine Creek Park. A total of 27 schools
competed on the women's side while 26 squads ran in the men's race.
Columbus State won the women's competition and will be joined by Clayton State (second) and UNC Pembroke (third) at the 2012 national championship race on Saturday, November 17, in Joplin, Mo.
L-R was led by senior Elizabeth Chaffee (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who finished the 6K course in 15th place with a time of 23:28 while sophomore Marie Mauhar (Mills River, N.C.) placed 22nd overall with a 23:40. Both runners earned all-region honors for their performance.
Montevallo's Kaley Glover was the women's regional champion after running a 22:40 on the day.
In the men's competition, Columbus State placed first overall as a team while Mount Olive and King finished second and third, respectively, to advance to the national finals as well.
The Bears' top runner in the men's race was junior Aaron Nelson (Mayodan, N.C.). Nelson ran the 8K course in 33:57 to finish 54th overall while UNC Pembroke's Pardon Ndhlovu placed first with a 31:19.
2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional
Cross Country Championships
Charlotte, N.C. - Queens University, host
McAlpine Creek Park
November 3, 2012
54. Aaron Nelson 33:57
69. Zack Queen 34:24
71. Kelly Etienne 34:30
75. Kyle Barry 34:37
78. Mike Ryan 34:41
104. Ripken LaMarsh 35:38
15. Elizabeth Chaffee 23:28
22. Marie Mauhar 23:40
45. Laura Rhyne 24:15
63. Hanna Ramirez 24:44
75. Ashley Kale 25:08
84. Paige Smith 25:21
165. Hope Rust 28:47
Photo Courtesy: Elizabeth Chaffee, L-R Athletics