CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the first time in program history the University of Montevallo women's cross country team will compete at the NCAA Championships. The Falcons needed to finish in the top two at the NCAA Southeast Region Championship and the Falcons did just that as they finished second among the field of 26 teams. UM edged out third-place Mount Olive by just five points. Juniors Haley Evans (Fairhope, Ala./Fairhope) and Kaley Glover (Opelika, Ala./Beauregard) led the Falcons as they finished 12th and 13th overall in the race, respectively. UM's top three runners broke the school record for a 6k race including Evans, Glover and freshman Lauren Recchia (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) who also set the new freshman record for a 6k.
Evans completed the course in 22:28.9 which is 48 seconds faster then her previous school record. Glover finished with a time of 22:38.9 to best the record by 38 seconds while Recchia finished 23rd overall with a time of 23:11.4 which topped the school record by five seconds and beat the freshman record by 34 seconds.
Sophomore In-Mi Matsunaga (Enterprise, Ala./Enterprise) finished 36th overall with a time of 23:42.9 which ranks fifth in the UM record book. The final runner in UM's top-five was senior Katherine Schofield (Gainesville, Ga./Brookwood) who finished 62nd overall with a time of 24:11.4 which would have ranked seventh in the UM record book prior to today's race but comes in at 11th after the top-four runners posted top times.
Senior Ginny Davis (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones) finished 93rd overall with a time of 24:50.4 while senior Whitney Adkins (Conyers, Ga./Heritage) finished 144th with a time of 26:18.3.
Augusta State was the next-highest PBC team to finish, coming in sixth in the 26-team field. Alicia Connolly finished 22nd overall in 23:10 while Lyndsay Nichols was 37th in 23:42. Clayton State finished seventh and UNC Pembroke eighth. For the Lakers, Paige Galvin finished 25th in 23:14 while Patty Olleros was 26th with a time of 23:17.
Georgia College's Allison Lones was the top non-Montevallo PBC runner to cross the line. The sophomore finished 19th overall in 23:08. Georgia College as a team was 13th in the field.
The Falcons will now advance to the NCAA Championships in Spokane, Washington on Nov. 19. It will be the first appearance for the UM cross country program in the NCAA Championships.