ATLANTA, Ga. - Friday morning's ASUN Conference Women's Cross Country action saw seven teams represented at three sites for the NCAA Regional Championships. Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, North Florida and Stetson competed at the South Regional while Liberty ran in the field at the Southeast Regional and NJIT participated in the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
The ASUN Champion Bisons finished 10th overall among the field of 27 teams at the South Regional. Senior Brooke Kingma had the team's top time placing 32nd with a time of 21:04.7. The next two finishers for Lipscomb were Hannah Owens (21:10.7, 42nd) and ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year Lauren Flynt (21:14.6, 45th). The Ospreys finished 21st as a team and were led by Camryn Cooney (22:14.5, 93rd). Raquel Lespasio (22:30.2, 113th) and Grace Gumpel (22:36.1, 124th) were the next two to cross the line for UNF. Sarah Hendrick led a group of four Owls with her 79th-place finish with a time of 21:56.6 and was joined in the top-100 finishers by teammate Katie Meyer (22:18.7, 100th). The two other ASUN programs in attendance, Jacksonville and Stetson, were each represented by one runner in Friday's 6K with Hayleigh Palotti (22:37.1, 125th) competing for the Dolphins and Melanie Pacheco (23:21.8, 162nd) for the Hatters.
NCAA South Regional 6K: Top Performers
32. Brooke Kingma, Lipscomb - 21:04.7
42. Hannah Owens, Lipscomb - 21:10.7
45. Lauren Flynt, Lipscomb - 21:14.6
67. Haley Kling, Lipscomb - 21:42.6
79. Sarah Hendrick, Kennesaw State - 21:56.6
93. Camryn Cooney, North Florida - 22:14.5
100. Katie Meyer, Kennesaw State - 22:18.7
113. Raquel Lespasio, North Florida - 22:30.2
124. Grace Gumpel, North Florida - 22:36.1
At the Southeast Regional, the Flames finished 13th overall in the field 34 teams and were led by Calli Parlier (20:57.5, 26th). Priscillah Kiplagat (21:46.0, 69th), Emma Bower (21:55.2, 81st) and Brittany Carnathan (22:08.2, 94th) were the next three to cross the line for Liberty and for top-100 finishes in the 6K that included over 250 runners. Parlier improved upon her performance from last year's regional where she finished 41st.
NCAA Southeast Regional 6K: Top Performers
26. Calli Parlier - 20:57.5
69. Priscillah Kiplagat - 21:46.0
81. Emma Bower - 21:55.2
94. Brittany Carnathan - 22:08.2
The Highlanders finished 31st overall in Friday morning's Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bethlehem, Pa. Kelly Dicristina (23:31.1, 177th) led NJIT and was followed by Cassandra Raia (23:53.8, 192nd), Laila Hill-Glover (24:01.0, 193rd) and Chloe Jelly (24:04.6, 196th) as the next three finishers for the team. Raia and Jelley both shaved time off their regional finishes from last season.
NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional 6K: Top Performers
177. Kelly Dicristina - 23:31.1
192. Cassandra Raia - 23:53.8
193. Laila Hill-Glover - 24:01.0
196. Chloe Jelley - 24:04.6
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.