GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG senior runners and twin sisters Shaina Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) and Chelsea Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) ran Friday and Saturday at 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla., hosted by North Florida. Neither Sumney qualified for to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, but finished out their UNCG running careers admirably.
Both Shaina and Chelsea ran in the second of three heats in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday night with the top three times in each heat along with the next three top times advancing to the national championship. Shaina placed seventh in her heat with a time of 10:21.35 while Chelsea was 14th with a time of 10:43.16.
Rachel Sorna of Cornell won the second heat with a time of 9:52.88 while Leah O’Connor of Michigan State had the overall top time of 9:52.69 in heat one. Sarah Martinelli of West Virginia turned in the final at-large time at 10:10.25. Shaina time was 19th overall in the three heats while Chelsea was 41st overall.
Shaina ran in the 5,000-meter race Saturday night to close out her running collegiate career. She finished 35th overall in the two heats, including 17th in heat number one. She posted a time of 16:55.55 while Elino Kirk of UAB turned in the top overall time of 15:53.95.
Shaina qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase this season with a time of 10:18.13 on May 4 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Chelsea earned a spot in the race by posting the 44th best time in the region. She clocked in at a time of 10:27.64 at the Virginia Challenge May 9, in her second to last race of the season.