2006 South/Southeast Regional Results: RecapsNovember 11, 2006

Women's Winner

The No. 19-ranked Emory University womens cross country team came recorded a first-place finish at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional and in the process earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The South/Southeast Regional was hosted by Emory University and held at the Georgia Regional Hospital in Decatur.

The Eagles paced the 26-team field with 38 points. Trinity University (Tex.) finished runner-up with 64 points and earned the second automatic bid from the region. Washington & Lee (106 pts.), Mary Washington (106 pts.) and Rhodes (183 pts.) rounded out the top five team finishers. Emory had three of the top six individual finishers and saw its five scorers rank among the top 16.

As has been the case most of the season, the trio of senior Amy DiBianca (Winston-Salem, NC), junior Lauren Shores (Manchester, MO) and sophomore Melissa Jones (Zionsville, IN) led the Emory effort. DiBianca finished in first place out of 177 entrants with a 6K time of 22:54.2. Jones posted a fourth-place finish with an effort of 23:10.7 while Shores mark of 23:27.2 placed her sixth. Their finished enabled the three to claim First Team All-South Region honors. Rounding out the Emory scorers were sophomore Megan Shaughnessy (San Antonio, TX), whose time of 23:51.7 was good for 11th place, and senior Julia Morton (Glen Allen, CA) with a 16-place time of 24:20.2. Shaughnessy earned Second Team All-Region recognition while Morton and freshman Rebecca Flink (Loudonville, NY) earned All-Region kudos as well.

"I thought that the women ran a solid race and did a great job," Emory Head Coach John Curtin said. "Amy DiBianca ran brilliantly and it was rewarding to see her win the championship. She has been the backbone of the team the past few years and to see her win the Region was great."

It marks the second straight year that Emory has won the South/Southeast Regional. Last year, Emory finished with 26 points in the competition that was held in Delaware, Ohio.

The 2006 NCAA Championships will be held at Voice of America Park in Mason, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 18. Serving as host institution will be Wilmington College. It will represent the 15th appearance in the last 16 years at the NCAA Championships by the Emory womens program.

-Courtesy Emory



Men's Winner

For the second straight year, the Centre College men's cross country team has won the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships, this time finishing first out of 21 schools, Saturday, Nov. 11 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Colonels finished with a team score of 54 to finish nine points ahead of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Rhodes College (63). The host school, Emory University was third with a score of 79. The three schools finished in the exact same order in last year's meet.

Senior Eric Hack (Louisville, Ky.) led the Colonels, placing third overall with a time of 16:11. Hack was joined in the top 10 by sophomore Chase Wilson (Paducah, Ky.), who placed 10th overall with a time of 26:26.

Freshman Jason Parks (Louisville, Ky.), junior Nate Blank (Frakes, Ky.) and sophomore Joey Polio (Owensboro, Ky.) rounded out the top five for Centre. Parks finished 11th with a time of 26:31. Blank followed in 15th with a time of 26:43 and Polio came in 16th with a time of 26:44.

By placing in the top 35, all five guys earned all-region honors.

Rhodes' Alex Mahoney was the meet's overall individual winner out of 152 competitors, completing the 8k course in 25:41.

Centre will next travel to Mason, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 18 to participate in the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championships. This is the third consecutive year the Colonels have qualified for the Championships.

-Courtesy Centre