Cross Country finishes 12th at NCAA South Region Meet
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Southern Miss cross country team concluded the NCAA South Region Championship at the Harry Pritchett Running Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, by placing 12th out of 31 teams with 370 points.
Freshman Kate Mattox led the Golden Eagles with a time of 21:16.4 in the 6k race placing 49th. Regen McGee (64th) was second over the line for the Golden Eagles at 21:25.9.
"Kate was really steady again, as a freshman, she saw a lot today that she'll carry with her these next four years," said coach Aaron Kindt.
Courtney Filliben (80th) was next at 21:41.1 while Monika Gebarzewska (97th) completed the course in a time of 21:53.8. Savannah McMillon (100th) finished just behind Gebarzewska with a time of 21:56.4. Rounding out the Golden Eagles were Emma Kate Holdbrooks (132nd) with a time of 22.31.0 and Natalya Dekleva-Hall (188th) at 23:26.7.
"Filliben stood out, she was our number three runner today," said Kindt. "She had a slump in the middle of the year and we weren't sure if we should run her anymore until indoor season but she has been a huge part of our team this championship season and that's what you look for in a senior. This will be a special moment for her."
The group posted four personal records by Mattox, Filliben, McGee and Holdbrooks.
"Our front five ran really well and smart," continued Kindt. "Regen and Savannah ran really steady, really strong. I'm pleased with what they've done all year, being so consistent, that's hard to do so early in their career."
Ole Miss won the women's team standings with 59 points. Georgia earned second place with 73 points. Samford finished third with 94 points and Florida State was fourth with 129 points. Georgia Tech closed out the top five with 186 points. Samantha Drop of Georgia took the individual title with a time of 19:40.9.
"Overall it was a pretty good day, not exactly where we wanted to finish, but 12th in a field like this is one of the better regional meets we've had," said Kindt. "I'm excited to head to indoor season with this group."