CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 49ers men’s and women’s cross country teams return to the course this Friday, running in the NCAA Southeast Regional at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va. Both programs are coming off 5th place finishes at the Conference USA Championships in late October in Bowling Green, Ky.
The men will run a distance of 10K, while the women will race a 6K. The women will begin at noon ET, and the men to follow at 1 p.m. ET. The Niners are familiar with the Panorama Farms route, having started their 2015 campaign at the UVa Duals on the same course.
The Charlotte men are coming off two all-conference performers in senior Michael Tamayo and sophomore Daniel Beamer, who each claimed third team honors after finishing 19th and 20th at the C-USA Championships. Narrowly missing spots on the all-conference team were senior Ben Sterett and redshirt freshman Tom Nobles, who finished one and two spots out of contention, respectively.
Also expected to run is veteran Carl Walton, who is coming off a career-best outing at the C-USA Championship, shredding his personal record by more than 40 seconds. Classmates Zach Greth and Nick Rotz will also compete, who both placed in the Top 40 in Bowling Green.
Rounding out the men’s fleet is redshirt freshman Adam Huff, who is coming off a personal best at the C-USA meet.
On the women’s side, redshirt junior Carolina Casin-Silva leads the pack, coming off an All-C-USA Third Team accolade and setting a new personal record. Redshirt freshman Caroline Sang is also expected to contribute strongly, who finished just one spot out of all-conference recognition. A quintet of seniors will also add experience for the 49er women in veterans Ashleigh Handchen, Taylor Carcella, Rachel Miller, Morgan Richards, and Tiffany Lang, who have all turned in solid final seasons.
Redshirt freshman Erin Nelson will finalize the women’s squad, coming off a personal best in Bowling Green after shaving off more than nine seconds.