Cross country teams compete in NCAA regionals

Samantha Stallings – Sports Writer |

The Samford cross country teams competed at the NCAA South Regional hosted by Florida State on Friday, Nov. 9.

The women placed eighth out of 29 teams in the 6k and the men placed 18th out of the 26 teams in the 10,000 meters.

Senior Lauren D’Alessio, the 2012 SoCon cross country champion, earned a bid in NCAA nationals. Photo courtesy of Samford Sports

Senior nutrition and dietetics major Lauren D’Alessio led the women’s team and came in 14th place with a time of 20:31.9 in the 6k. This put her 25.3 seconds behind the first place runner, Violah Lagat of Florida State.

Other Bulldogs to finish in the women’s region were freshman undeclared major Rachel Roberts, who came in 25thand finished with a time of 20:46.8, and senior nursing major Holly Benson who finished with a time of 21:55.

Freshman pre-law and Spanish double major Rachel Wooten finished with a time of 22:02.1, and sophomore exercise science major Frances Bernard finished with a time of 22:20.4. The women’s team combined for a total of 327 team points.

“Our women’s team had several great performances,” head coach Lori Strand said. “Eighth place is one of the highest finishes we’ve had in several years. Lauren and Rachel both ran really solid races to finish in the top 25.”

Freshman undeclared major Luke Weishaar and freshman journalism and mass communication major Adam Jones finished closely together to lead the men’s team. Weishaar finished in 75th with a time of 32:39.7 and Jones finished 77th with a time of 32:43.8.

Other Bulldogs to finish in the men’s region were freshman undeclared major Brandon Hazouri with a time of 33:08.9, junior religion major Layton Dorsett with a time of 33:09.4 and redshirt freshman history major Lucas Sieb with a time of 33:27.8.

Freshman exercise science major Steven Crain finished with a time of 33:47.6 and junior business major James Graham finished with a time of 33:53.7. The men’s team combined score was 446.

“On the men’s side, we competed as a full team, which has not been done in years,” Strand said. “It was exciting to see the men run this year. They’ve come a long way this year and we plan to continue to improve.”

The Samford Cross Country team will compete again on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. at E.P Tom Sawyer Park in the NCAA Tournament.

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