Bears Cross Country Completes Season at NCAA South Regionals
HOOVER, Ala. – Mercer University's cross country team closed out its 2010 season on Saturday morning at the NCAA South Regionals, hosted by Samford University. The Bears' women's team placed 21st out of 25 teams, while the men finished 16th of 18.
The Mercer women were led by sophomore Kacie Niemann, who was 82nd out of 186 runners in the 6K race. Niemann's time was 22:13.95 minutes, shattering her own MU 6K time by 50 seconds!
Sammy Woller, a freshman, was the Bears' second finisher – and 110th oversll – in a time of 22:47.75.Were it not for teammate Niemann being in the race this year, Woller also would have eclipsed the Bears' 6K record as she now owns the second-fastest time in MU history at that distance.
Two more freshmen – Lena Hamvas and Linda Batna – were MU's third and fourth placers. Hamvas was 138th (23:16.18) and Batna 142nd (23:28.94). Hamvas' clocking proved to be the fourth-best in school history, meaning that Bears' runners establshed three of the school's top four 6-kilometer times at the
While the 6K distance had only been contested one other time previously - by a very good Bears team in 2005 - this year's edition eclipsed their team average result by 1:31 minutes.
In the men's 10k race, sophomore Jacob Law paced a trio of MU runners finishing within the top 100 finishers. Law was 63rd in a clocking of 32:24.90, missing the school record (held by standout Justin Parker) by less than five seconds.
Law, Svidesskis and Prosper's times were the second, third and fourth fastest in school history at the 10K distance.
The men's team also shattered the team 10K average record - set in 2003 by MU's only other team to compete at the regionals - by running almost 49 full seconds better.