Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks men's and women's cross country teams will head to the NCAA III South/Southeast Regional held in Memphis this weekend.
Rhodes College will host Saturday’s regional, which will consist of more than 30 NCAA III teams. The women will run a 6K while the men will run an 8K. The course is located on Shelby Farms.
Expected to compete for the men are juniors David James, Tristan Cooper and Jeremy Provence. Additionally, sophomore Trent Ueunten along with freshmen Matthew Friant, Max Hilgendorf, Calvin Jones and Calvin Scharf will run. The men are coming off a second-place finish at the American Southwest Conference championship. At the ASC championships, Cooper was second (26:52.47) in the 8K race. James finished fifth (27:08.68), Friant finished eighth (27:54.18) and Jones finished fifteenth (28:31.76). Cooper and James made the All-Conference First Team, while Friant made the All-Conference Second Team. It will be the third straight year Cooper, James and Provence will compete at the NCAA regional. The women will be represented by senior Lindsey Kellaway, juniors Tadera Garland, Natalie Grove, Lacey Mainer, Samantha Sparks and Ashley Teague. Sophomore Morgan O’Neil and freshman Ashley Bush will also compete. The women finished ninth overall at the ASC Championships. It is the second straight year Garland will compete at the regional. At the ASC championships, Teague was Ozarks’ top runner, finishing twenty-fourth (25:57.0) in the 5K. Garland finished 28th (26:26.50).
The top-two teams from both women’s and men’s regional meets automatically advance to the national championship in Iowa November 20. The third-, fourth- and fifth-place regional finishers are eligible for at-large berths into the 32-team national championships field. In addition, the top-seven individuals at the regional meets advance to the national championships. All seven members of the two automatic qualifiers will be removed from the results and the remaining individuals not on a qualifying team will be renumbered to determine individual national qualifiers.
The last time an Ozarks’ runner qualified for the national race was in 1996.
Complete results for the regional can be found at http://www.rhodeslynx.com/sports/2010/8/18/MXC_0818104747.aspx?path=mcross
Men’s Course Map: http://www.rhodeslynx.com/documents/2010/9/24/Men_s_8k_Coursex.pdf?id=1650
Women’s Course Map: http://www.rhodeslynx.com/documents/2010/9/30/Women_s_6k_Coursex.pdf?id=1658