CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami cross country teams will travel to Florida State on Friday to compete in the NCAA South Regional at Apalachee Regional Park. Two UM women will run the 6k course, while six men will competed in the 10k.
"We are excited to be competing at the South Regional," assistant cross country coach Damon Griffith said. "We have done well against these teams the entire season. They have a chance to close the season with momentum that will carry over to the track season."
Juniors Lindsi Arrington and Alaine Tate will represent the Hurricanes on the women's side. Arrington has posted the best time for UM in all five meets she has competed in this season, with her best 6k time of 22:01.4 coming recently at the ACC Championships at Virginia Tech. Tate, a transfer from Hampton, has turned in a solid first season with the Canes, running her best 6k time (23:03) at the UCF Black & Gold Invitational last month.
Miami will bring a contingent of six men to Tallahassee to run a 10k race for the first time this season, led by junior Sean Pezzulo. Earning the best UM time in four meets, he won ACC Performer of the Week with a mark of 26:58.23 at the season-opening USF Invitational (8k). Senior Greg Kaczka also looks for another solid time after having a team-best time of 25:39.9 at the ACC Championships (8k). Junior JaCee Jarnagin, freshman Bert Irigoyen, junior Luke Fontaine and freshman Kevin Marsh will also run for Miami on Friday.
The women will start at 8:30 a.m., while the men will go at 9:15 a.m. The top two teams and selected individual times will automatically earn a berth to the NCAA Nationals.
BEST NCAA REGIONAL FINISHES IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Women: 17th, 2010