Historic Saturday for Conference Carolinas Cross Country at NCAA Southeast Regional

WINGATE, N.C. – It was a historic day for Conference Carolinas men’s and women’s cross country at the 2019 NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Wingate Cross Country Facility.

In the women’s 6K, Mount Olive’s Leah Hanle picked up her historic fourth consecutive individual region championship with a time of 20:53.0. Hanle is the first ever to win the individual region title for four straight years. 

In total, Conference Carolinas featured two runners in the top 20 individually with King’s Kirstin Barton finishing 18th with a time of 23:00.7.

King followed up its 2019 Conference Carolinas Women’s Cross Country Championship with the highest finish among league teams at the region championship with a 12th-place finish. Three Conference Carolinas teams finished in the top-15 in total as a team with Erskine 14th and North Greenville 15th.

In the men’s 10K, Mount Olive advanced to their impressive eighth straight national championship with a third-place team finish. Mount Olive had five individuals in the top 20 with Jacob Gonzalez leading the way with an 11th-place finish (31:49.4). The 2019 Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year, Tai Smith (31:56.5) finished 13th, while Jacob Willis was 15th (32:07.2) and Branson Oduor was 17th (32:12.6). Daniel Francken (32:16.4) finished 19th. 

Conference Carolinas in total had two men’s teams in the top 10 with Emmanuel earning a 10th-place finish. Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Year Shane Shelafoe led Emmanuel with a 27th-place finish.

The Mount Olive men will next compete in the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships that will be held Nov. 23, 2019 at the Arcade Creek Cross Country Course at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento, Calif. 

To see full results from the NCAA Southeast Regional, please visit HERE