Deep Competition In The Deep South For @FGCU_XC At NCAA South Regional
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | by Sara Roberts (@Saraannerob)
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After ending their previous two seasons at NCAA South Region Championships, the FGCU cross country team heads to this season’s championship race looking to post the best results in program history, which if achieved could potentially advance the Eagles to NCAA National Championships. Racing through the University of Alabama’s Harry Pritchett Cross Country Course, the men’s 10k is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. with the women’s 6k following at 12:15 p.m. on Friday.

“The team has recovered very well since Atlantic Sun Championships,” head coach Cassandra Goodson said. “Training has gone as well as we could have hoped and they appear to be very confident of a good race. Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us to compete against some of the best schools in the country.”

This weekend the men will race as a team while senior Kelly Perzanowski (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville HS) will represent the women’s team racing as an individual.

THE RUN DOWN
Meeting in Tuscaloosa to compete this weekend are 588 student-athletes representing the 47 universities that compose the South Region. Of those 588 only 40 runners will earn an automatic bid to NCAA Nationals, meaning 93 percent of the participants will race for the last time this season. The two top teams from the region will automatically advance to the National meet.  Individually, the top four finishers who are not on a qualifying team will also receive an invitation to Nationals. 

THE HISTORY
At the 2012 South regionals, the men’s team finished in 20th place with Argeo Cruz (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee HS) at the helm posting a program-record 32:22.9 for 64th place. Joining Cruz were Gilbert Chemaoi (Eldoret, Kenya/Kirobon HS/Eastern Kentucky) finishing 115th (33:27.9), Chris Rudloff (Ormond Beach, Fla./Mainland) in 119th (33:33.3), Aaron Rojas (Estero, Fla./Estero HS) in 129th (33:46.0) and Jean Deceus (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee HS) placing 132nd (33:47.9).

Competing as an individual in the women’s 6k was Perzanowski finishing in 101st place with a time of 22:02.6 to set the former program-record. 

THE PROJECTIONS
A member of one of the most competitive regions, this weekend serves as an opportunity for FGCU to standout against talented opponents. The success the Eagles have seen while excelling in their challenging schedule has sparked conversation about their performance this weekend, with an individual bid to nationals listed as a possibility.

The Butler Projections, a program which objectively rank individuals through their performances where those that do better than expected gain points while those that underperform lose points, has Perzanowski tied for eighth place. Listed behind four runners who are projected to qualify with their teams, Perzanowski would be tied for fourth-place, a spot which advances to nationals. Wirth a resume that includes winning the conference, beating some of the best from around the southeast and posting two program records, a trip to nationals would be the fairytale ending to Perzanowski’s incredible final season.  

THE PROGRAM LEADERS
So far this season, seniors Cruz and Perzanowski have posted a combined four first-place finishes and have reset a program-record on five separate occasions. Of the 30 times listed in the FGCU men’s cross country record book Cruz owns 24 of them, while Perzanowski lays claim to 19 of the women’s.

Not only does the pair lead the Eagles, they’ve also been able to hold their own against runners from some of the best programs around the country. Perzanowski lead the pack of 270 runners, 40 of which coming from power-house SEC and ACC schools, to set both an FGCU and course record at Florida’s Mountain Dew Invite. In September’s Roy Griak Invitational, Perzanowski placed 45th out of 300 while surpassing runners from then No. 20 Vanderbilt, No. 21 N.C. State and No. 26 Iowa State. Perzanowski’s representation of her team in the top-50, was something high-major runners from Nebraska, South Carolina, Iowa, Wyoming and Colorado State failed to do.

The Butler Projection has Cruz finishing in 26th place after his 13th-place finish at the Mountain Dew Invite and 4th-place finish at FSU.

THE MEN’S ROSTER
Compiling the men’s roster this weekend are Cruz, Chemaoi, Deceus, Rojas, Rudloff, Austin Boetje (Lawrenceville, Ga./Mill Creek HS/Georgia State), Nathan Kandie (Iten, Kenya/University of Arizona), Courtland Bernard (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota HS), Charles Bengtson (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard HS)Alex Delle Monache (Welland, Ontario/E.L. Crossley), Cody Adkinson (Port Charlotte, Flaa/Port Charlotte HS) and Jose Cartagena (Guatemala City, GuatemalaEstero HS).

For complete coverage of FGCU cross country at NCAA South Regionals, follow on Twitter @FGCU_XC and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available at the end of the meet.

 

2013 NCAA Women’s South Regional

Alabama

Alabama State

Auburn

Austin Peay

Belmont

Chattanooga

East Tenn. St.

Florida

Florida Atlantic

Florida Gulf Coast

Florida State

Georgia

Georgia State

Georgia Tech

Jackson State

Jacksonville

Jacksonville St.

Lipscomb

Memphis

Mercer

Miami

Mid. Tenn. State

Miss State

Mississippi

Mississippi Valley

North Florida

Samford

South Alabama

South Florida

Southern Miss.

Tennessee

Troy

UAB

UCF

Vanderbilt

2013 NCAA Men’s South Regional

Alabama

Auburn

Austin Peay

Belmont

Chattanooga

East Tenn. St.

Florida

Florida A&M

Florida Gulf Coast

Florida State

Georgia

Georgia Tech

Jacksonville St.

Lipscomb

Memphis

Mercer

Miami

Miss State

Mississippi

Mississippi Valley

North Florida

Samford

South Alabama

South Florida

Tennessee

Tennessee‐Martin

Vanderbilt