ROME, Ga. – The Southern Virginia University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region Championships on Saturday, with both squads performing well.
As a team, the men finished 12th out of 33 teams as they were buoyed by some strong individual performances. Michael Myers led the way for the Knights, placing 16th and crossing the line in 26:19.7, coming within just a couple seconds of his personal best. Colter May was not far behind in 30th place and ran his best time of the year with a 26:39.6.
Both Myers and May earned All-Regions honors as they came in the top 35. Despite the strong performances, neither were able to qualify for Nationals, which takes the top 12 runners from each region.
Junior Kevin Shelley ran for a season best time of 27:40.9, while freshman Hunter Lund came within two-tenths of a second of reaching a personal best of his own with a time of 28:19.2. Freshman Brendan Scoot ran a solid race and was also incredibly close to setting a new best time, crossing the line in 29:05.6. Greyson Meyer rounded out the top five for the Knights, coming in with a season best time of 29:12.6. John Curnutt finished things off for Southern Virginia, racing his way to a 31:51.1.
The Knights were able to squeeze out some great races on the women's side as well.
In the 6K race, freshman Jill Westman crossed the line in 51st place, and is now eighth on the all-time SVU list with a 24:42.2. Coming in 80th places was Jessica Simpson with a season-best time of 25:20.8, and, while fellow freshman Elora Smith finished with a 26:41.4. Tommi Batty also ran well on the day, coming in as the team's fourth runner. Both Madison Malmgren and Anahi Hansen ran personal bests as well.
"It was a very good day today," said Coach May. "Most of our team ran season-best times, and that was our most pressing goal." The course which normally races pretty fast was slowed by mud and squishy footing due to rainfall early in the week. Much of the year has been muddy, so it was business as usual.
The outstanding race by both the men and women wraps up great seasons for the teams.