By Zachary Bowers
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Southern Virginia University cross country teams had impressive showings at the NCAA South/Southeastern Regional Championship, with several runners in both the men's 8K and women's 6K finishing in the top 50.
Both Bingham and Bigelow finished with faster times than in the CAC Championship. Bingham finished the race in 22.04.2, a personal best and 48 seconds faster than her first-place time last week. The time placed her as the twelfth finisher overall and the top freshman in the race.
Bigelow finished with a time of 22:25.0, topping her previous personal record by 43 seconds. She placed eighteenth overall in the race.
On the men's side, Mike Myers and Colter May were the top runners for the Knights and the only ones to finish in the top 50. Michael Myers finished 33rd with a time of 25:30.2. Colter May followed behind him, finishing 38th after completing the race in 25:35.4. Both runners set personal records.
In the 6K, the women finished in the 17th spot out of 34 teams. The men finished 13th out of 32 teams. These finishes mark program bests.
Head coach Clint May is ecstatic with the progress his team has made this year. "It is humbling and gratifying," says May. "Last year, we were only experiencing regionals, this year we were racing. The bar is raised and these teams reach new heights every week."