EARLYSVILLE, Va. — The N.C. State men’s and women’s cross country teams posted a pair of strong third-place finishes at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday at Panorama Farms.
The Wolfpack men finished with a total of 101 points, just six shy of earning an automatic qualifying spot in the NCAA Championships. State fell just behind second place Virginia, which totaled 96 points.
The Wolfpack women finished with 142 points, coming in behind regional champion No. 11 Virginia (57 points) and second place No. 19 William & Mary (69 points).
N.C. State senior Andrew Colley, who finished second overall on Friday with a time of 28:38.7 in the 10k race, punched his ticket as an individual to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. for being among the top four runners from non-automatic qualifying teams.
After Friday’s result, Colley has finished first, second, third and fourth, respectively, in his four races this season.
Joanna Thompson, who ran a time of 20:12.0 in the 6k event, came in fifth and will also qualify as an individual to the NCAA Championships for being among the top four runners from non-automatic qualifying teams. Both Virginia and William & Mary, the two qualifying teams from Friday, each placed a runner in the top four, thereby allowing Thompson to reach Nationals.
Furthermore, six Wolfpack runners earned All-Region accolades on the day after placing in the top 25 on the men’s and women’s side.
Along with Colley and Thompson, Graham Crawford (12th place with a time of 29:23.3), Sam Parsons (23rd with a time of 29:47.3), Megan Moye (21st place with a time of 21:09.2) and Emily Pritt (23rd with a time of 21:10.4) were each named to the All-Region team.
Both the Pack men and women will await announcement Saturday for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.
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Duke men and women: The Duke men’s cross country team raced to an eighth-place finish at the Southeast Regional Championship in Charlottesville, Va.. No. 17 Eastern Kentucky captured the team title, scoring 58 points. Virginia placed second with 96 points, followed by NC State (101), No. 18 North Carolina (137) and Virginia Tech (167).
The men conclude their season with a 97-31 overall record and a 19-11 ACC record.
The 28th-ranked Duke women’s team earned a fourth-place finish, scoring 143 points, just one point behind third-place N.C. State. No. 11 Virginia captured the team title with 57 points and No. 19 William and Mary placed second with 69 points. Virginia Tech rounded out the top five with 157 points.
Graduate student Juliet Bottorff and junior Carolyn Baskir received All-Southeast Region accolades after placing fourth and 24th, respectively. Bottorff earned the honor for the fourth time in her career, while Baskir received her second.
N.C. State: Freshman Andreas Schiellerup captured his second Danish National title in as many days at the Denmark National Short Course Meter Championships.
Schiellerup, who won the 50 freestyle title on Thursday, shared the title with Magnus Jakupsson with a time of 24.21 in the 50 backstroke. The time sets a new Danish record in the event. In the preliminaries, Schiellerup finished with the fourth fastest time among 33 swimmers with a time of 25.59.
The Pack will return to competition Nov. 21-23 at the Nike Cup Invitational in nearby Chapel Hill.