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Campbell's Heather Lee Falls Short In National Bid
N.C. State Sweeps Southeast Region Cross Country Championships
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- North Carolina State swept the NCAA Southeast Region Cross Country Championship Saturday at Furman, winning the women's race by four points over second place North Carolina, and taking the men's race by 42 points over William & Mary.
The N.C. State women placed three runners in the top 10 and all five scorers in the top 20 to score 45 points. Kristin Price led the Wolfpack with a second-place finish in 20:53, while North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan won her second consecutive Southeast Region Championship and tied the course record at 20:26.
Campbell University junior Heather Lee missed a national qualifying berth by 15 seconds. Lee finished 14th overall in the 6,000-meter women's race at 21:58. Molly DeFrancesco of James Madison earned the last of four automatic berths to the nationals by placing ninth with a time of 21:43.
Lee, a native of Calgary, Alberta, earned Atlantic Sun Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year honors by winning the league title on Oct. 27 at Atlanta, Ga. Her 17:00 minute time in that race was the fastest ever in league history on a 5,000-meter course.
Campbell did not field a full team in Saturday's Regional. Renee Acker placed 110th at 24:31, while senior Natalie Lewis ran a 26:05 time to finish 166th in the 180-runner field.
On the men's side, N.C. State place all five scorers in the top 11 and took individual spots three, four, and five in scoring 30 points. William and Mary's Sean Graham was the individual champion, posting a time of 30:15 over the 10K course.
Only four points separated the third-place Demon Deacons of Wake Forest from the fourth place Blue Devils of Duke (82-86), so the NCAA Committee will have to decide on Monday whether to award either, one, or both of these teams at-large bids. In the women's race, Virginia finished third at 86, with James Madison coming in fourth at 121.
Virginia's Jennifer Owens and Sarah Folse, Liberty's Heather Sagan, and JMU's Molly DeFrancesco earned automatic invitations to the November 19 championship.
The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championship is will take place on the Furman Golf Course on the 19th. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children. The men's 10K race will start at 11 a.m. with the women's 6K slated for 12:15 p.m.