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Shields Twins Pace Bobcats At Southeast Regionals PDF Print
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Sunday, 06 November 2011 09:01

Freshman Emily Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) finished 10th, and her twin sister Katherine Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) placed 15th to lead the Lees-McRae College women's cross country team to a ninth-place performance at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship on

Saturday at McApline Park.
Queens University of Charlotte took the team title with 39 points, beating out second-place University of Montevallo (140) by more than 100 markers. Mount Olive College finished third with 145 points, while King College and Anderson University rounded out the top five with 168 and 194 markers, respectively.
Emily Shields turned in a time of 22:26.5, and Katherine Shields posted a mark of 22:46.3, as each earned all-region honors for the first time in their careers. Freshman Audrey Garrett (Weaverville, N.C.) finished 40th with a time of 23:46.0, while Crystal Fischer (Greer, S.C.) and Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) placed 83rd and 100th, respectively.
"This was a true team effort," said head coach Thomas Cason. "I am proud of this team, and it is a great day to be a Bobcat!"
Lees-McRae is expected to return seven letter-winners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Lindsey Bush (Catawba, N.C.) and Lehner.


Thorbergsen Leads Bobcats at Southeast Regionals


Sondre Thorbergsen (Tranoy, Norway) paced the Lees-McRae College men's cross country team at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships on Saturday, turning in a 25th-place performance to earn all-region honors.
Queens University of Charlotte took home the team title with 62 points, followed by Mount Olive College (82), King College (114), Mars Hill College (121) and University of North Carolina at Pembroke (123). Anderson University and Augusta State University finished tied for sixth with 207 points each, as Columbus State University (217), Clayton State University (304), and Lenoir-Rhyne University (310) rounded out the top 10.
Thorbergsen paced the Bobcats with a time of 32:59.8, as Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) and Tyler Dunn (Jasper, Ga.) finished 31st and 43rd with marks of 33:05.1 and 33:19.6, respectively. Trevor Morris (Southern Pines, N.C.), Jordan Meyer (Inman, S.C.), and Avery Mouton (Sneads Ferry, N.C.) turned in times of 38:31.2, 38:42.5, and 42:11.3, respectively.
"I am extremely proud of our top three runners," said head coach Thomas Cason. "Sondre, Craig, and Tyler ran great together and really finished the season on a high note."
Lees-McRae is expected to return six runners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Dunn (Jasper, Ga.), Connor Gray (Christiansburg, Va.), and Jared Lupton (Nampa, Idaho).



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