This morning the UNC cross country men and women took to the course for likely the final time of the 2017 season. The NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlottesville, Virginia featured a 6k course for the women and a 10k for the men.
First on the course were the women, led out front once again by strong performances from junior Morgan Ilse and redshirt-junior Caroline Alcorta. The pair finished with times of 20:37.5 and 20:52.4, good for 12th and 17th respectively. These times gave both runners All-Region performances, and due to finishing in the top 25 in the region gives them each a shot at being selected to run at the NCAA Championship meet in Louisville, Kentucky on November 18th.
Ilse and Alcorta were joined in the race by sophomore Erin Edmundson, sophomore Mady Clahane, junior Emma Astrike-Davis, senior Casey Greenwalt, and first-year Lindsey Lanier. Edmundson was the third Tar Heel to cross the line in 22:13.1 good for 74th place. Clahane finished 109th with a time of 22:37.3, followed by Astrike-Davis 19 seconds later in 134th place. Greenwalt crossed the line 148th and Lanier finished off the Tar Heels’ day with a 167th place finish. This adds up to a 13th place team finish out of 37 scoring teams in the meet. The day was a continuing of growth for a team that will have a solid group returning, looking for bigger and better performances next season.
Next up, the men toed the line for the full 10 kilometer course. The Heels were led once again by sophomore Jeremy Brown who surged late for a 53rd place finish in 30:39.2. Brown was joined in the race by redshirt junior Logan Carroll in 71stplace, sophomore Mark Meyers in 99th place, sophomore Matt Thornton in 100th place, redshirt first-year Mitch Resor who faded to a 113th place finish, first-year Jake McEneaney in 174thplace, and were rounded out by first-year Brodie Modini in 192nd place. The race was a successful day for the young team with a 16th place finish out of 32 teams. The race was a great opportunity for the younger runners to gain very valuable experience. Next season the team will return all but Logan Carroll from this race and look to continue improving with rising expectations as well.
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