HSU Cross Country Set For NCAA Regionals

HSU Cross Country Set For NCAA Regionals


ROME, Ga. – Hardin-Simmons' cross country teams will compete in the 2018 NCAA South/Southeast Regional Division III Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Rome, Ga., at Berry College.

The race will be run at the Berry College Clara Bowl which serves as host to everything from carnivals, outdoor movies, concerts and top-level cross country competition. The scenic 6k and 8k courses weave through some of the most iconic spots on Berry's 27,000-acre campus including the Ford Complex which serves as the start and finish for both courses. The Berry Clara Bowl also served as host to the 2016 Cross Country Regionals.

The women's 6K race will begin at 10 CST and the men will follow at 11:15 with their 8K race.

The Cowgirls are coming off winning the American Southwest Conference Championship two weeks ago. The men narrowly missed winning the ASC title.

"Both teams are ready to go, we have had some experience this year at both Texas Tech and the Chile Pepper running big-field races," said HSU Head Coach Zack Leggett. "We shouldn't be intimidated by the size or the course, we have trained for this."

This will be the third time for Sydney Tencate to run in the regional meet. She placed 46th two years ago and 60th last season.

Ben Splain and Nathan McEndree have experience on the men's side running in the regional as individuals.   

The only other time that HSU has sent a full team to the regional the Cowgirls placed 12th in 2010.

Tencate led the Cowgirls at the conference meet with a fourth-place finish. It was her third first-team all-ASC performance. Yadira Loera all was a first-team all-ASC performer placing seventh. Freshmen Veronica Ritz and Brittany Acosta were named second-team all-ASC. Those four will be joined by Briana Cruz, Lauren Stokes and Leslie Gonzalez as the seven runners for the Cowgirls this weekend.

The men were paced at conference by Tyler Rohrman, who placed sixth and Splain, River Smith and Sammy Magellen all placed in the top 14 to earn second-team honors.  Those four will be joined by McEndree, Aaron Martinez, Tyler Stout, Marcus Arroyo and Richard Denton in the race.

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