Simpkins paces Bobcats to eighth place finish at Southeast Regional
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men's cross country team turned in an impressive eighth-place performance at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday, placing four runners in the top 60 at the event hosted by Queens University of Charlotte.
Junior Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) paced the Bobcats with a 21st-place performance, turning in a time of 32:43.4, while Michael Davis (Independence, Va.) and Sondre Thorbergsen (Tranoy, Norway) finished 31st and 41st, respectively. Jared Lupton (Nampa, Idaho) turned in a solid 51st-place performance, as Will McCoy (Southern Pines, N.C.) and Austin High (Chesnee, S.C.) rounded out the top 100 performers for the Bobcats, finishing 83rd and 88th, respectively.
Queens (N.C.) won its fourth-straight regional title, tallying 36 points and placing four runners in the top 10. Columbus State came in second with 79 points, followed by Mars Hill College (118), King (137), and Pembroke (150). Mount Olive (203) finished sixth, followed by Lenoir-Rhyne (204), Lees-McRae (221), Georgia College & State (228), and Clayton State (242).
Kira Shoemaker (Aiken, S.C.) finished 51st overall to pace the Bobcat women's team to a 18th-place performance, turning in a time of 24:31.4, while Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W. Va.) placed 59th with a time of 24:44.2. Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) finished 100th overall with a time of 25:55.3, as Crystal Fischer (Greer, S.C.) came in 113th to round out the LMC top four. Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa.), Rayne Delutis (Christianburg, Va.), and Heather Peterman (Buford, Ga.) also turned in solid performances for the Bobcats.
Queens (N.C.) captured the program's first-ever region championship, placing six runners in the top 20, for a total of 40 points. King College (Tenn.) came in second with 91 points, followed by Columbus State University (93), Augusta State University (130), and Anderson University (S.C.) (221). Lenoir-Rhyne University (247), Clayton State University (258), UNC Pembroke (276), Georgia College & State University (276), and Mount Olive College (312) rounded out the top 10.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 10 lettermen from the men's team, including all-Conference Carolinas Second Team selection Simpkins. The Bobcat women's team is expected to return seven letter-winners, including rising seniors Delutis, Fischer, and Zaveta.
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