Nov. 10, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Tulane cross country team placed ninth, posting its first top ten finish in school history, as Aubrey Phillips, Laurie Dalrymple and Keriann Langley all finished in the top 35 at the NCAA South Central Regional meet Saturday.
The Green Wave scored a total of 239 points and averaged a time of 22:46.92 among scorers for the meet in the 6K race. The ninth place finish at the regional meet comes two weeks after the Wave took sixth at the Conference USA Championship meet.
"We wanted to end the season on a positive note and we did today," Tulane assistant coach Chris Neal said. "We finished top ten in the region, which is what we hoped for. It was great for us to come back from a rough meet at the C-USA Championship.
The top three Wave runners placed very closely to each other as Phillips led the team with a time of 22:04.2 and 30th placing. Freshman Dalrymple placed 34th with a time of 22:12.3 and senior Langley placed 35th with a time of 22:13.0.
Junior Cecelia Clarke placed 82nd and junior Rachel Bryan placed 84th completing the scorers for the Green Wave. Senior Jill Shriver (87th) and freshman Rebecca Coady (88th) ran sixth and seventh, respectively, for the Wave.
Rice won the meet, finishing 16 points better than Arkansas. Silje Fjortoft of SMU was the top overall finisher in the meet.
"C-USA fared well today, and it really shows what a tough conference it really is," Neal said.
"I think we are all, and especially the girls, really looking forward to their week off and get on track for the Indoor season."
The regional meet completes the 2007 cross country season for the Green Wave. The Indoor track and field season begins Saturday Dec. 1, as the Wave once travels to the state of Arkansas for the Arkansas State Invitational in Jonesboro.