Rock Hill, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Division I Southeast Regionals for the first time in three years on Saturday. The men’s team, led by junior William Wise, finished 33rd and the women’s team was paced by senior Sally Hart.
Wise set a new PR in the 10k, crossing the line in 34:24.6, just three seconds behind Preston Meade’s 2015 school record. The junior placed 189th, the best finish the Blue Hose have ever had at the Regional race. He was followed by sophomore Neel Taber, who finished in 216th at 35:27.1, and freshman Zack Kochert, who ran 36:02.8 to place 222nd. Sophomore Banner Plumb, who placed 227th at 36:36.8, and senior Duncan Gotfredson, who crossed in 37:08.8 to finish 229th, rounded out the scoring for PC. Freshmen Luke Harmon (231st, 38:14.7) and Kiro Morkos (232nd, 43:51.9) also competed for the Blue Hose.
Hart set a new school record in the 6k with her 23:02.1 finish, breaking junior Emily Swanigan’s 2016 record by 28 seconds. The senior finished 188th in her final race. Junior Ali Bennett crossed the line next for PC at 24:59.3, placing 234th. Freshman Julia Keen completed the 6k in 26:15.2, finishing 243rd. Junior Denise Devaney crossed the finish line at 27:21.0, placing 245th. With only four participants, PC did not receive a team score.
Eastern Kentucky’s James Sugira won the 10k with a time of 29:26. Dorcas Wasike of Louisville won the 6k, crossing the finish line in 19:42. NC State took home both the men’s and women’s team titles with combined scores of 83 points and 70 points, respectively.