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13 Eagles Earn All-Region Nods at NCAA South Regional; Women Finish Second, Men in Third

13 Eagles Earn All-Region Nods at NCAA South Regional; Women Finish Second, Men in Third

The Emory cross country teams traveled to Rome, Georgia to compete in the NCAA Fall Regionals on Saturday morning, with 13 Eagles coming away with All-Region honors at the meet. The women's team had a dazzling performance, having three runners finish in the top-five. The women found themselves in a tie for first place with Lynchburg at 40 points apiece, but the Hornets came away with a narrow victory in the tiebreaker. The men's team saw three runners finish in the top-15, coming away with a third-place finish at the event.

The women's team was led by graduate student Brigid Hanley. The University of Arizona transfer was once again the first Eagle to cross the finish line, coming in at second overall in a 168-runner field with a time of 21:30.00. Her finish in the top-30 also secured All-Region honors.

Close behind Hanley was freshman Elizabeth Csikai, who finished third with a time of 21:37.71. This was Csikai's first collegiate action, and she did not disappoint, turning in the Eagles' second-best time of the day. Junior Liesl Scherrer was the Eagles' other top-five finisher, clocking in at 21:58.45 in fourth place. Both Csikai and Scherrer also brought home All-Region honors.

Also notching All-Region recognition were junior Madison Tiaffay in 13th with a time of 22:23.34, junior Natalie Sandlow in 18th with a time of 22:52.17, and freshman Cameron Gupta in 23rd with a time of 23:06.39.

Senior Lily Taylor rounded out the Eagles' scoring on the women's side, finishing in 35th with a time of 23:33.03.

The men's team was led by senior Scott Masterson, who clocked in at 25:04.14 and in seventh place overall in a 170-runner field. This is the second straight meet the senior has finished first for the Eagles as he finished 15th overall at the UAA Championships two weeks ago. He also improved upon his time from the UAA Championship meet by nearly 40 seconds on Saturday. Masterson also brought home All-Region honors.

Junior Marcus Cheema was right on Masterson's heels, finishing in eighth place with a time of 25:08.18. Cheema also boosted his time from the UAA Championships, finishing more than 30 seconds faster than his time a couple of weeks back. Cheema secured All-Region acclaim with his top-30 finish.

Freshman Kirin Karver continued his impressive rookie season, clocking in at 25:13.09 and in 11th place. The freshman has served as one of the most consistent runners in the men's team's lineup, continuing that trend on Saturday and bringing home his first-ever All-Region award in his rookie season.

Also receiving All-Region honors were freshman Olin Gilster in 24th with a time of 25:36.82, junior David Evans in 26th with a time of 25:44.21, and junior Johnathan Orelowitz in 27th with a time of 25:46.25.

Senior Tristan Olpin finished off the scoring for the men's team, finishing in 44th with a time of 26:25.48.

Both the men's and women's team will now look to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA National Championships next weekend. The 22 at-large selections will be announced on Sunday. The event will take place on Saturday, November 18th in Newville, Pennsylvania.