Cross Country to Compete in NCAA South Regional
Nov. 10, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis cross country teams will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the second time this season to compete in the South Regional of the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by the University of Alabama, on Saturday, Nov. 12. The men's 10K is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT at the Harry Pritchett cross country course and the women's 6K will follow with an 11:15 a.m. CT start.
"We have already competed on Alabama's course earlier this season at the Crimson Classic," cross country coach Doug Clark said. "That should be a big plus for us. It is an unusual course with a lot of tight turns and since we've already run on it once, we should be able to handle it better."'
This is the first regional appearance for the U of M men's team since 1999, while the women have participated four times since 2000, with the most recent being last season.
"The women's team finished 22nd last year and we certainly hope to improve on that," Coach Clark said. "Both the women and men must show up and have our entire top five race well on the same day." Mo< The Tigers are coming off of a two-week break since their last outing at the Conference USA Championships, where the men placed sixth and the women placed seventh in the team standings, the highest C-USA finishes in years for both groups.
Individually, sophomore James Maglasang placed 15th with his personal-best 8K time of 24:39.0 time in the men's race, which earned the native of Paducah, Ky., native an All-C-USA third team selection. The first across the line for the women donning Blue and Gray was junior Louisa Lingley, who placed 25th, also recording a PB in the 5K race with an 18:09.4 mark.
"Maglasang and Lingley both have a good chance to place in the top 50 individuals," Coach Clark said.
Last year, the Tigers' top-finisher was senior Ellen Kildal, who crossed in 22:38.07 in the 5K event for 102nd place, and Lingley was next at 122nd with a 22:57.89 time.
Saturday's field at the South regional includes three nationally-ranked programs: No. 16 Florida State on the men's side and in the women's field, No. 1 Florida State and No. 4 Vanderbilt. A full list of the participating teams, as well as course maps and other information, can be found on www.rolltide.com.
Results will be posted on www.gotigersgo.com as soon as they are made available.