Courtesy: Joe Browning The UNCW men's and women's cross country teams will head to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regionals
WILMINGTON, North Carolina- The Seahawks are out to make a lasting impression. The UNCW men's and women's cross country teams finish out the 2011 season on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the NCAA Southeast Regionals.
The meet will be held in Louisville, Ky., at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. The men's race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., and will cover 10k, the longest race of the season. The women will start at 11:15 a.m. and run a 6k.
The Southeast Regionals have been held in Louisville, Ky., for three of the past four years, providing the Seahawks with some familiarity. The course is also the location of the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships.
Coming off a pair of sixth place finishes at the CAA Championships, the men's and women's teams are determined to end the season on a positive note.
"We have to run better than we did last week," said assistant cross country/track and field coach Lane Schwier. "The men's team has something to prove. They need to redeem themselves after not showing up this past week."
Though the women finished sixth at the CAA Championships as well, they still had two runners in the top 20. Senior Erin Brennan fell one second shy of being named All-Conference and one of the team's best runners, sophomore Ashley Wybersky, did not compete due to injury.
With 30 or more schools expected to run at the Southeast Regionals, the meet should be the most competitive race of the year. "We're allowed to bring eight runners, but only allowed to race seven," said Schwier. "With so many people running it creates a lot of traffic, so if you don't get out early, you're stuck because it's hard to pass that many people."
UNCW will compete against regional rivals such as Campbell and ECU, as well as conference rivals William and Mary, James Madison, and VCU.
In last year's race, the men finished 26th, led by junior Wil Zahorodny with a time of 33:07, which earned him 105th place out of 231 entries. The women fished 25th and were paced by Junior Lindsay Ester with a time of 21:31, good enough for 41st.