Gamecocks Ranked Eighth In USTFCCCA Southeast Region Poll
Oct. 15, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina cross country team has entered the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Southeast Regional rankings for the first time this season at No. 8, the USTFCCCA announced Monday.
The Gamecocks vaulted into the rankings after finishing third at Saturday's NCAA Preview Meet in the Women's Black Unseeded 6K race at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. South Carolina freshman Kayla Lampe won the race by 11.3 seconds with a personal record of 21:03.5, and senior Chelsea France finished 10th with the second fastest time of her career (21:35.4) to lead the way. The No. 8 ranking is the highest regional ranking of head coach Stan Rosenthal's 12-year tenure at South Carolina.
"I am very excited for the team," Rosenthal said. "They have been working very hard to get better. We had a great race Saturday and it is good to be rewarded for their efforts."
Saturday's preview of the 2012 NCAA Championship was the final race of the regular season for South Carolina. The Gamecocks will now prepare for the SEC Championship, which will be held on Oct. 26 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.
USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Rankings Rank School Location Conference Last Week 1 Duke Durham, N.C. ACC 5 2 William and Mary Williamsburg, Va. Colonial 1 3 NC State Raleigh, N.C. ACC 2 4 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. ACC 3 5 Kentucky Lexington, Ky. SEC 4 6 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. ACC 6 7 Clemson Clemson, S.C. ACC 7 8 South Carolina Columbia, S.C. SEC NR 9 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. ACC NR 10 Appalachian State Boone, N.C. Southern 8 11 James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. Colonial 12 12 Elon Elon, N.C. Southern 13 13 Liberty Lynchburg, Va. Big South 9 14 East Carolina Greenville, N.C. C-USA 14 15 Richmond Richmond, Va. Atlantic 10 10