MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive men's and women's cross country teams are slated to compete at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships alongside other universities and colleges from across the nation in Evansville, Ind.
The women take to the starting line a 10:15 a.m. for a 6k race at Angel Mounds. The men's 10k race begins at 11 a.m. following the completion of the women's race.
The Trojans will send both teams to the National Championship for the first time in program history following strong performances from Head Coach Matt van Lierop's squads in the NCAA Regionals. UMO finished first overall on the men's side and third on the women's at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional held on Nov. 4 at Wingate, N.C.
The men return to the national scene for the sixth consecutive year and look to grow their All-American numbers as Adam Craig earned the programs first All-American last year. Top Trojans runners that will make their appearance for the men at nationals include Craig, Jonathan Dahlke, Alexandre Durand, Jereamy Hall, Colin Fisher, Tai Smith and Daniel Francken. All seven racers finished in the top 25 at the Southeast Regionals to clinched the programs third straight regional championship.
UMO's women's cross country team is making their first appearance in program history as a group at the national championship level. Leah Hanle, the 2017 Southeast Regional Runner of the Year, attended last year as an individual representative and earned the programs first All-American on the women's side. Joining Hanle this year at nationals are teammates Julia Bridges, Shona Blades, Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Celine Ritter, Meredith Lorient, Elise Tanner and Heidi Murray. The Trojans finished third overall tying the highest finish in program history.
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