Trojans Advance to Nationals With 3rd Place Finish At Regionals

Trojans Advance to Nationals With 3rd Place Finish At Regionals

WINGATE, N.C. - The 21st nationally ranked University of Mount Olive women's cross country team finished third overall at the NCAA Divison II Southeast Regionals to advance to the NCAA Nationals for the first time in program history as a team. Leah Hanle claimed her second consecutive Individual Championship as she finished first in the race with a time of 21:15.43.

Location: Wingate, N.C.


Women's 6k      
Name Time Team Score Event Finish
Leah Hanle  21:15.43 1 1
Celine Ritter 23:03.35 15 15
Shona Blades 23:03.63 16 16
Julia Bridges 23:38.79 28 29
Meredith Lorient 24:41.32 52 54
Elise Tanner 25:11.71 73 75
Heidi Murray 25:50.49 86 92
Team Total 1:55:42.52 112 3rd of 23












  • The No. 21 Trojans advance to the NCAA Division II Nationals, held on Nov. 18, for the first time in program history as a team.
  • The third-place team finish at regionals is the first time since 2011 that the women's cross country team placed in the top-three.
  • Leah Hanle finished 1st with a time of 21:15.43 in the regional field to claim her second consecutive individual regional championship.
  • Shona Blades ran a personal best at the regional meet cutting 26 seconds off her previous PR.


The top-25 finishers in the race earned spots on the All-Region Team. Representing the Trojans were:


"Our goals were to qualify for NCAA's, and if a win was within reach, go for it," said head coach Matt van Lierop. "Both teams achieved the first goal, and men were able to edge out Queens for the win. Now our attention is directed towards preparing for the NCAA championships."


The Trojans will gear up for the NCAA Nationals in Evansville, Ill. set for November 18.