NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Shenandoah University men's and women's cross country teams completed their seasons Saturday with a pair of top 21 finishes at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships.
The SU men were 21st in their 8000-meter race with the Hornet women 20th in the 6000-meter event.
Regional host Christopher Newport won the men's race and Trinity (Texas) took the women's. Those two programs, along with the Rhodes men and the Emory women, will advance to the NCAA Championships next week.
Junior Aislynn Smith had the top time for the two teams, finishing 36th in the women's race with a 22:51.4. Smith passed nine women in the final quarter-mile and missed All-Region honors by just three seconds.
Freshman Jonah Allard was 59th with a 26:10 for the men – this is the fourth fastest regional time in program history and the second fastest for a freshman.
The Shenandoah men finished just nine points back of 20th place Piedmont and were 32 points better than No. 22 Virginia Wesleyan.
The 2018 schedule will be announced in the spring.