Nine Conference Carolinas Cross Country Runners Named Division II All-Region Honorees; Mount Olive's Hanle Earns Major Award

NEW ORLEANS, LA. – All-Region honorees for NCAA Division II Cross Country were recognized on Monday (Nov. 19), while All-Region Athletes and Coaches of the Year were awarded on Tuesday (Nov. 20) by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following last weekend’s NCAA regional championships meets. Conference Carolinas had one individual earn a major award and nine individuals, five men and four women, receive southeast all-region honors.

A total of 200 men from 91 different programs and 200 women from 94 different programs earned the distinction of All-Region by finishing among the top-25 runners at one of the eight regional sites this past weekend.

Leading the way on the men's side was Southeast Regional runner-up University of Mount Olive, which had five members earn all-region honors. The group consisted of Jacob Gonzalez, Jay Hall, Jereamy HallTai Smith and Jacob Willis.

On the women's side, Leah Hanle of Mount Olive, who picked up her third-straight individual Southeast Regional championship, took home the Southeast Region Athlete of the Year and earned all-region honors. Hanle's teammates Celine Ritter and Shona Blades along with King University's Kirstin Barton were also named all-region.

The NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Division II Fall Festival on Dec. 1, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Conference Carolinas will send Mount Olive's men and UMO's Hanle and Ritter of the women's team to nationals.

Full USTFCCCA Athletes and Coaches of the Year Release

Full USTFCCCA All-Region Release


Jacob Gonzalez, Mount Olive
Jay Hall, Mount Olive
Jereamy Hall, Mount Olive
Tai Smith, Mount Olive
Jacob Willis, Mount Olive

Kirstin Barton, King
Leah Hanle, Mount Olive
Celine Ritter, Mount Olive
Shona Blades, Mount Olive 


Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University.