By Sam Chandler
The Samford University men’s and women’s cross-country teams wrapped up their seasons this past Friday at the NCAA South Regional Championship. Traversing the trails of Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla., the men’s team placed 16th and the women’s team placed 22nd.
In an attempt to earn an individual qualifying bid to the NCAA National Championships, freshman interior architecture major Arsène Guillorel turned in a 14th place finish. Averaging a blistering pace of four minutes, 58 seconds per mile, Guillorel clocked a time of 30 minutes, 53 seconds in the 10K event.
“I’m happy because the good time,” Guillorel said. “As the qualification was very close this year, it’s the goal for next year. I just have to go harder and continue to work.”
Junior communication studies major Adam Jones trailed roughly 30 seconds behind Guillorel, crossing the line 35th overall with a time of 31:24.
“Coach told me before the race that she wanted me to go out a little conservative, and it actually panned out really well,” Jones said. “It was really encouraging because I was able to pass people as the race went on.”
Junior sports administration major Brandon Hazouri (101st), junior exercise science major Luke Weishaar (105th) and redshirt senior Nathan Hendershot (125th) rounded out the scoring on the men’s side.
Freshman pre-med major Karisa Nelson and junior pre-law major Rachel Wooten paced the Samford women in the 6K event, placing 92nd and 94th overall. The two finished just four seconds apart, with Nelson clocking in at 21 minutes, 26 seconds, and Wooten clocking in at 21:30.
“The first mile I was really scared because I started out way too fast,” Nelson said, “but then I ended up feeling good the second lap.”
Redshirt sophomore Ansley Bos (112th), freshman pre-physical therapy major Emma Garner (139th) and senior exercise science major Frances Bernard (153rd) finished third, fourth and fifth for the Samford women.