UKXC Men Ninth, Women 11th at NCAA Southeast Regional
EARLYSVILLE, Va. – Jacob Thomson led Kentucky to a ninth place (224 points) finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday.
Thomson finished 10th individually with a personal-best (including track) 10,000-meter time of 29:34.80 at Panorama Farms. Thomson was named All-Southeast Region.
Senior Zack Beavin also ran a PR to finish 33rd in 30:31.80. Lou Styles was UK’s No. 3 finisher, 48th overall, with a time of 30:54.00 in his first career 10k. Styles in the past has focused on middle-distance track events.
Ryan Polman ran 30:55.40 for 49th place and Spencer Hrycay was UK’s No. 5 finisher, 84th overall, in 31:39.60.
Katy Kunc led the way for the UK women’s team, which finished 11th with 304 points. Kunc ran 21:18.3 for 16th place and All-Southeast Region honors.
Caroline McCaslin was UK’s No. 2 finisher, 43rd overall, in 22:08.80. Avery Bussjager was 76th in 22:44.20, Amy Hansen was 84th in 22:53.20 and Devynn Miller rounded out UK’s top-five scoring finishers with a time of 22:54.40.
Last season the UK men finished ninth overall with 353 points, at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Louisville. The women’s team placed 12th a year ago with 353 points as well.
The Southeast Region is one of the better ones in the nation featuring four top-30 women’s teams.
The men’s region includes five top-30 national teams: No. 10 NC State, No. 12 Virginia, No. 13 Furman, No. 18 Virginia Tech and No. 26 Eastern Kentucky.
Eighteen teams automatically qualify to the NCAA Championships by finishing as one of the top two teams at any of the nine regional races. The remaining 13 at-large teams will be selected by the NCAA Division I Cross Country Subcommittee tomorrow. The top-four regional finishers not on an advancing team also advance individually to the NCAA Championships. Two additional individuals will be selected at-large by the committee tomorrow.