Cross country to race Friday at NCAA South Regional

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Both the men and women look to improve on last year’s finishes at the Regional

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Nov. 14, 2013) – Following a pair of top-three finishes at the Atlantic Sun Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Nashville, Tenn., the ETU cross country teams will continue action at the NCAA South Regional on Friday at Harry Pritchett Running Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

On Friday, the men will begin the competition with an 11 a.m. ET start time in a 10K, followed by the women with a 12:15 p.m. ET start time in a 6K.

Last season at the Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., the ETSU men turned in an Atlantic Sun-best seventh-place finish, while the women took 20th place.

“The men's and women's teams have trained well since the conference meet and I have no doubt they are physically prepared to have a great race,” said ETSU Director of Track & Field/Cross Country George Watts. “The goal for both teams is to improve on last year’s finishes.”

On the men’s side, the Buccaneers enter competition ranked 12th in the South Region after a third-place finish at the 2013 Atlantic Sun Championship. In Nashville, the Bucs were paced by Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) who turned in an eighth-place overall finish with a time of 25:30.16 which helped guide the Blue and Gold to a third-place team finish. With Jalovy’s time, the junior secured second-team All-Atlantic Sun honors.

“The men need to show up hungry on Friday,” said Watts, “and prove to themselves that they are a better team than their conference performance indicates.”

The ETSU women will look to again lean on team catalyst Katie Hirko (Oley, Pa.) at the Regional. At the A-Sun Championship the Bucs were led by Hirko, as they have been all season, with a third-place overall finish and a time of 17:41.13. Hirko’s time was an aid in helping ETSU gain a runner-up team finish and also helped the sophomore sensation earn first-team all-conference honors for the second-consecutive season.

“The women continue to improve every week,” said Watts, “and I couldn't be more proud of their performances throughout the season.”

The top two teams at each regional championship meet automatically qualify for the championship meet. Thirteen at-large teams will be selected by the NCAA Division I track and field subcommittee. In addition, from each NCAA regional meet, the first four student-athletes not on a qualifying team will be automatic qualifiers to the NCAA championship meet.

Stay tuned to ETSUBucs.com on Friday for a recap and results from the NCAA South Regional.

ETSU fans wanting to receive Buccaneer news, score updates, in-game promotions and much more sent to their mobile device can do so by signing up for “Buc Updates.” Click here to sign up today!

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
WTEN ETSU
Oct 21 ITA Ohio Valley Regionals
MSOC ETSU 4 Lexington, Va.
Oct 21 VMI 0
VB The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct 21 ETSU 3
FB ETSU Kingsport, Tenn.
Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Scrimmage at J. Fred Johnson Stadium
MSOC ETSU 0 Greenville, S.C.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Furman 3
VB ETSU 2 Birmingham, Ala.
Oct 24, 6:00 p.m. Samford University 3
WGOLF Palmetto Intercollegiate Kiawah Island, S.C.
Oct 26 10th of 20
WSOC ETSU 2 Cullowhee, N.C.
Oct 26 Western Carolina 3
MSOC UNC Greensboro 1 OT
Oct 28 ETSU 0
MBB Blue/Gold Scrimmage Freedom Hall
Oct 30, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31 2 of 10
WCC Southern Conference Championship Kernersville, N.C.
Oct 31 4 of 10
WTEN ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Oct 31 University of Tennessee Fall Invite
VB ETSU 0 Greensboro, N.C.
Oct 31 University of North Carolina at Greensboro 3
WTEN ETSU
Nov 1 University of Tennessee Fall Invite
WBB Milligan College Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 12:00 p.m. ETSU
FB ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 3:00 p.m. Homecoming scrimmage
WSOC ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 5:30 p.m. UNC Greensboro
VB University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Johnson City, Tenn.
Nov 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU