CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's cross country team finished 18th at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships Saturday, placing a pair of runners in the top 60 at the event hosted by Queens University of Charlotte.
Kira Shoemaker (Aiken, S.C.) finished 51st overall to pace the Bobcats, 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.
The Bobcat men's team posted an impressive performance, finishing 8th out of 25 squads, paced by a 21st-place showing by junior Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.). Michael Davis (Independence, Va.) and Sondre Thorbergsen (Tranoy, Norway) finished 31st and 41st, respectively, while Jared Lupton (Nampa, Idaho) turned in a solid 51st-place performance. 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).
Lees-McRae expected to return seven letter-winners from the women's team, including rising seniors Delutis, Fischer, and Zaveta. The Bobcat men's team is expected to return 10 lettermen from the men's team, including all-Conference Carolinas Second Team selection Simpkins.
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