CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlotte 49ers capped off successful seasons for both the men’s and women’s squads after running in the NCAA Southeast Regionals at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday.
“It was good to see improvement from where we were last year, from a team stand point,” head coach Alex Gibby said. “We didn’t feel like it was our best race of the year, and we had some frustrations when Ben [Sterett] had to drop out around the 6K mark, so that hurt us a little bit in the team scoring. But credit to the rest of the guys, they ran well.”
“Caroline Sang was outstanding out front, and we had a better pack on the women’s side. It was a big step forward from where they were last year,” Gibby finished.
The women were led by a career-best performance from redshirt freshman Caroline Sang, who turned in a 22:30.2 time at 63rd place. Senior Morgan Richards returned to form, finishing second on the squad and 89th overall, and was followed by classmate Ashleigh Handchen at 98th with a 23:00.1 performance.
Senior Tiffany Lang was closely behind, clocking in at 23:01.7 with a 101 place finish, and redshirt junior Carolina Casin-Silva came in 135th, just ahead of teammate Taylor Carcella at 136th. Rounding out the women’s fleet was senior Rachel Miller, who recorded a 24:43.1 time after returning from injury earlier this month.
For the men, redshirt freshman Tom Nobles, running in his first 10K, was the top Niner to finish, posting a 31:26.0 time for 74th place. Senior Michael Tamayo finished his career at Charlotte at 110th place, shattering his personal best by more than 50 seconds with a 32:04.5 performance.
Sophomore Daniel Beamer was closely behind at 32:08.2, following in suit and bettering his personal record by almost 50 seconds, as he finished in 113th. Redshirt senior Zach Greth ran perhaps his best performance of the year, placing fourth on the team and 117th overall at 32:12.4. Redshirt freshman Adam Huff, running his first 10K, turned in a 131st place finish, followed by senior Carl Walton who rounded out the men’s team with a 33:25.8 time in his first 10K outing.
Senior Ben Sterett, who has led the 49ers all season, came down with sickness during the men’s race and had to withdraw from competition during the 6,000 meter mark.