ATLANTA, Ga. - The NCAA Regional Championships are held Friday and seven ASUN Conference Women's Cross Country teams will compete at three sites. The 2019 ASUN Champions, Lipscomb are in action along with Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Liberty, NJIT, North Florida and Stetson. In the most recent USTFCCCA Regional Polls, the Flames are ranked ninth in the Southeast Region while the Bisons rank 10th in the South Region.
The South Regional features five conference representatives in its field for a 6K race on Friday morning. Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, North Florida and Stetson travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for a start time of 8:30 AM ET. Liberty participates in the Southeast Regional 6K which has a 10:30 AM start time in Charlottesville, Va. The Mid-Atlantic Region's 6K is set to begin at 11 AM and will feature NJIT.
Thirty-one teams compete at the NCAA Division I Championship on Nov. 23rd in Terre Haute, Ind., with the two top teams in each of Friday's nine regional races receiving automatic bids. The remaining 13 at-large team bids are determined by regional finishes and regular-season wins. Along with the teams, 38 additional individuals are selected to compete in the NCAA Championship. This includes the top four finishers at each regional meet not part of a qualifying team and two at-large selections.
South Regional 6K - Apalachee Regional Park - 8:30 AM ET
- In the 2019 ASUN Championship, the Dolphins were led by First Team All-Conference selection Hayleigh Palotti (17:31.90, 5th)
- The next three finishers for the team were Rain Marti (20:31.28, 55th), Jayda Brooks (21:19.84, 62nd) and Lauren Polimeno (21:22.14, 63rd)
- Palotti finished 89th overall in the 2018 South Regional and is the only JAX runner competing in this year's 6K
- Finished third in the ASUN Championship led by Sarah Hendrick (17:40.40, 8th) who was a Second Team All-Conference selection
- The next three KSU finishers were Katie Meyer (18:03.43, 15th), Rachel Van Amburgh (18:35.64, 23rd) and Ella Weaver (19:25.92, 37th)
- Hendrick, Meyer and Weaver will join Hope Thornton to represent KSU at this year's regionals; last season the Owls finished 24th overall
- The Bisons captured their record-setting eighth ASUN Championship on Nov. 2 in Fort Myers with five runners finishing in the top-11
- Brooke Kingma (17:28.71, 3rd), Grace Lahey (17:29.19, 4th), Hannah Owens (17:33.98, 6th) and Lauren Flynn (17:37.30, 7th) earned First Team All-Conference honors
- In last season's South Regional, Lipscomb finished 10th overall out of 30 teams; Kingma placed 42nd with a time of 21:35.0
- UNF finished fourth as a team in this year's ASUN Championship; Grace Gumpel (18:05.99, 16th) paced the squad
- Raquel Lespasio joined Gumpel with a top-20 finish and a PR (18:19.34, 18th); Tina Cesnik (18:58.79, 28th) came in third for UNF
- The Ospreys finished 18th in the 2018 South Regional; Gumpel was the team's top finisher at 88th and a time of 22:33.6
- Last competed at the ASUN Championship on Nov. 2 where Meggie Schneider paced the team (18:28.4, 21st); Stetson finished sixth overall
- The next three Hatter finishers set PRs: Melanie Pacheco (19:04.4, 32nd), Nicohl Torres-Santos (19:35.7, 42nd) and Sally Calhoun (19:41.7, 44th)
- Pacheco is the only Hatter competing in this year's regional meet; last season she finished 123rd in a field of over 200 runners
Southeast Regional 6K - Panorama Farms - 10:30 AM
- The Flames finished as runner-ups in the ASUN Championship and were led in the race by Runner and Freshman of the Year Adelyn Ackley (17:08.65)
- Four others joined Ackley as All-Conference selections: Calli Parlier on the First Team; Emma Bower, Priscillah Kiplagat and Brittany Carnathan on the Second Team
- Liberty finished 13th in the field of 33 teams at last year's regionals; Parlier placed 41st out of 245 total finishers
Mid-Atlantic Regional 6K - Goodman Campus Cross Country Course - 11 AM
- In this season's ASUN Championship, the Highlanders finished seventh overall and were led by Cassandra Raia (18:53.79, 27th)
- Kelly DiCristina (19:09.71, 34th), Laila Hill-Glover (19:35.48, 42nd) and Chloe Jelley (20:05.46, 49th) were the next three finishers for NJIT
- Raia finished with a time of 25:23 in last year's Mid-Atlantic Regional followed closely by Jelley at 25:32
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.