Running Towards Regionals

Following their first men’s Big South Conference Championship in program history, both the Campbell men’s and women’s teams head up to Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend for the NCAA Division-I Cross Country Southeast Regional Championships.

Led by the Big South Runner of the Year, freshman Lawrence Kipkoech, the Running Camels enter the Southeast regional with an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

In fact, Campbell placed four runners inside the top-8 overall during the Big South Tournament back in late October, and head coach Micahel Kelly feels confident that his top runners can qualify for all-regional honors by placing inside the top-25 overall.

The women’s team comes off a sixth place finish in the Big South Championship, hoping to set many personal records in the new 6K race. Freshman Joan Maritim led Campbell by placing 15th overall.

Here is what the Running Camels are saying heading into this weekend’s regional championships. Make sure to follow the action on twitter @GoCamelsRun for live updates.

As a team, Campbell must finish in the top-2 of its respective regional meet to qualify for the NCAA Championships while 13 at-large bids will also be selected across the country. To be considered for an at-large berth, a review of the team’s regular season and finish at the regional meet will be taken into consideration.

For an individual to qualify for the NCAA Championship, the top-4 finishers in the regional meet that are not a member of the two qualifying teams will qualify. Those runners must have finished within the top-25 of the region. For an at-large selection, two runners are selected from the rest of the at-large contenders.

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