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by Carrie Birkett
Radford men’s cross country placed three runners in the top half of the field, as both the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Southeast Regional meet in Earlysville, Va.
The men’s team improved its overall standing by seven spots from last year.
The Highlanders top five runners combined for a score of 542, which placed the Highlanders in 22nd place out of 29 schools, just one place in front of Clemson and third among the Big South schools present.
Frisco Poole led the way for Radford. He followed up his all-conference performance finishing 64th out of 203 runners in the 10k race with a time of 31:02.5.
Cameron Mims and Ashenafi Kidanu finished second and third respectively for the Highlanders. Mims clocked 31:34.9 and placed 93rd, and Kidanu finished at the 102nd spot with a time of 31:43.8.
Haben Zemichael and Mak Casey rounded out the five for the Highlanders. Zemichael clocked in 32:40.8 and Casey finished at 32:51.6.
Big South rival Campbell Camels Amon Terer and Lawrence Kipkoech finished one and two at the meet, helping lead Campbell to a seventh place overall finish. They each received automatic bids to the NCAA National Championships on Nov. 19th.
On the women’s side, Courtney Rice posted her second-best regional time in her final race as a Highlander, clocking in at 23:52.4. Mariah Quintero was next at 24:24.2 and Percie Lyons rounded them out at 25:10.7.
Coastal Carolina freshman Annie Bothma won the women’s division with a time of 20:15.4, giving her an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship.