OAKWOOD, Ga. – With the regular season finished and the conference meet in the books, the Augusta University men's and women's cross country teams are set for the 2018 NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 17. The men run a 10K at 9:00 a.m. and the women race a 6K at 10:15 a.m. on the campus of the University of North Georgia.
Ranked fourth in the region, the Jaguar men enter the regional race with five competitions already completed. The Augusta men haven't finished worse than third all season. They won the Jaguar XC Invitational Sept. 22 and dominated the regional-preview meet on Sept. 29 at the North Georgia Invitational. The men's team is fresh off a second-place showing at the Peach Belt Conference Championships, with AU sophomores Hunter Kimball, Jacob Poston, Chandler Kennedy and senior Noah Hulett earning All-PBC honors. Last season in 2017, Augusta advanced from the regional to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history.
Augusta's women's squad is seated 10th in the current NCAA regional rankings and have also raced in five events thus far. AU has been top 10 all season, including three top-five finishes. A third-place showing at the Jaguar XC Invitational was the best finish so far. Last time out, the Jags took fifth at the PBC finals while junior McKenzie Knudsen and sophomore Micah Weathers were named All-Conference. AU is geared for its second race at the regional course, after placing sixth at the regional preview meet.
The top three teams from each regional meet automatically advance to the championship finals for a total of 24 teams. The top two individuals not on a qualifying team also advance for a total of 16. The NCAA Championships are Saturday, Dec, 1 in Slippery Rock, Pa.
Location: UNG Gainesville Campus - 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, Georgia 30503
Distances: Per NCAA championship guidelines, the NCAA Regional will be run as a 6K for the women and a 10K for the men. The UNG Cross Country Course is generally set up as a 2K loop.
Start Times: Men (10K) at 9:00 a.m. followed by Women (6K) at 10:15 a.m.
Entry: All entries should be completed online through Direct Athletics at DirectAthletics.com.
Course Information: The course is all grass and dirt and is considered "flat and fast." This meet will be run on the University of North Georgia Cross Country Course, which was home to the 2015 Peach Belt Conference Championship and will host the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Southeast Regional.
Timing: The NCAA Regional will be timed by Perfect Timing Group and results will be loaded to TFRRS immediately following both races. Timing will include FinishLynx video services as well as live results online and in-venue.
Live Broadcast: Both races and the awards ceremony will be streamed live using multiple cameras and live audio on the Nighthawk Sports Network on both YouTube and Facebook.
AUGUSTA MXC - NCAA Southeast Region Finishes
- MXC 3rd (2017) – Advanced to NCAA Championships
- MXC 5th (2016)
- MXC 5th (2015)
- MXC 8th (2014)
- MXC 3rd (2013) – Advanced to NCAA Championships
- MXC 5th (2012)
- MXC 6th (2011)
- MXC 12th (2010)
AUGUSTA WXC - NCAA Southeast Region Finishes
- WXC 6th (2017)
- WXC 7th (2016)
- WXC 10th (2015)
- WXC 8th (2014)
- WXC 15th (2013)
- WXC Alicia Connolly & Jessica Carpenter, 2012
- WXC 6th (2011)
- WXC 4th (2010)
- WXC 5th (2009)
- WXC 2nd (2008)
- WXC 5th (2007)
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