CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - The UNCW women finished 28th overall and the men came in 30th in the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regionals early Friday at Charlotte's McAlpine Creek Park.
The Seahawks, competing in their seventh and final race of the season, raced against schools from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. The Southeast Regional determined a portion of the NCAA Cross Country Championships field set to take place Saturday, Nov. 17, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Duke captured first place in the 6K women's race with 81 points and CAA member William & Mary placed second with 123 points. The Seahawks took 28th out of 37 teams and junior Ashley Wybersky of Manassas, Va., led the way with a time of 22:32, good enough for 106th overall. It marked the fourth straight race that Wybersky was the first Seahawk runner to cross the finish line.
"The women did okay...we just didn't fire on all cylinders," said Layne Schwier, assistant cross country/track and field coach. "We're just not deep enough when we have injuries or sickness pops up."
On the men's side, Virginia totaled 64 points for first place, followed by Eastern Kentucky with 75 points. The Seahawks came in 30th out of 34 entries and junior John Riemer of Monkton, Md., clocked a 33:02 for 134th place on the 10K course.
Schwier said: "We're very disappointed with the men's finish. We just didn't perform. We knew the 10K distance would be tough for several of our men, but they just didn't race. We're not a top-20 team, but we're better than how we ran. Hopefully, we'll grow from this and get better. We need to make some adjustments and changes to get better."
Women's Team Standings (Top 10): Duke, 81; William & Mary, 123; N.C. State, 147; Kentucky, 173; UNC Chapel Hill, 195; James Madison, 225; Clemson, 239; Virginia, 251; East Carolina, 255; South Carolina, 309.