Chelsea Sumney Places 15th At NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regional 11-08-2012


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – UNCG senior Chelsea Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) placed 15th overall at the 2012 NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regional, posting a personal-record time of 21.00.91 in the 6,000-meter race Friday at McAlpine Park in Charlotte.

Sumney improved 16 spots from her finish last year, while cutting 10 seconds off her personal-best time of 21:11.30 set at Louisville. She now awaits word on a possible at-large bid into the NCAA Championships, which will be announced Saturday. The two teams and the top four individuals in today's race automatically advance to the NCAA Championships while at-large selections are awarded to 13 teams and two individuals by the NCAA Division I Track and Field subcommittee.
"Chelsea came into today's race knowing she needed to get into the lead pack early," head coach Linh Nguyen said. "She stayed there in the front as long as possible and did a great job battling when the pack started to break up. A 15th place finish is a great result in our region and lines her up for an even better performance next year."

The Spartans posted a 27th place team finish with 754 points in the highly-competitive field that included 37 programs. Duke won the Southeast Regional with 81 total points as four of its top five finishers placed in the top-40, while William & Mary took home second with 123 points. Kentucky's Cally Macumber won the race individually in a time of 20:10.98.
Freshman Lydia Saina (Eldoret, Kenya/Kapkenda Girls School) was the Spartans' second finisher, posting a time of 23:18.83 to finish 161st. Junior Kelly Montague (Garner, N.C./West Johnston) finished one place past Saina in 162nd, with a season-best time of 23:19.90.
Freshman Katlyn Ayers (Strasburg, Va./Strasburg) turned in a career-best performance of 24:09.90 in the 6,000-meter course to finish 206th place overall. Ayers cut over 21 seconds off her previous best set at the Pre-Nationals in Louisville (24:31.60). Classmate Emilee Hensel (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek) rounded out the Spartans' top-five performers with a time of 24:23.63 to finish 210th overall.
UNCG Individual Times
15. Chelsea Sumney, 21:00.91
161. Lydia Saina, 23:18.83
162. Kelly Montague, 23:19.90
206. Katlyn Ayers, 24:09.90
210. Emilee Hensel, 24:23.63
(213.) Shannon Hall, 24:32.63
(237.) Meredith Hicks, 25:36.69
NCAA Southeast Regionals Team Scores
  1. Duke, 81
  2. William & Mary, 123
  3. North Carolina State, 147
  4. Kentucky, 173
  5. North Carolina, 195
  6. James Madison, 225
  7. Clemson, 239
  8. Virginia, 251
  9. East Carolina, 255
  10. South Carolina 309
  11. Appalachian State, 321
  12. Wake Forest, 332
  13. Richmond, 346
  14. Eastern Kentucky, 403
  15. Liberty, 414
  16. Elon, 441
  17. Furman, 485
  18. Western Kentucky, 533
  19. Charlotte, 575
  20. Murray State, 579
  21. High Point, 582
  22. Coastal Carolina, 587
  23. Davidson, 640
  24. George Mason, 651
  25. Western Carolina, 659
  26. Winthrop, 709
  27. UNCG, 754
  28. UNCW, 774
  29. UNC Asheville, 776
  30. VMI, 780
  31. Wofford, 819
  32. Morehead State, 837
  33. Louisville, 847
  34. College of Charleston, 906
  35. USC Upstate, 1015
  36. Longwood, 1018
  37. Charleston Southern, 1034

- UNCG -

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