Greenwald Earns NCAA South All-Region Honors
First 25 runners to cross the finish line earn the honor
Tallahassee, Fla. - Senior Jeremy Greenwald earned NCAA South All-Region Honors as the Georgia Tech men's and women's teams finished sixth and 11th, respectively, Friday at the 2014 NCAA South Regional Championships at Apalachee Regional Park.
"We didn't have our best day today," head coach Alan Drosky said. "Throughout the season we've been able to pack up well and today we weren't able to do that. We got impatient early and went out a little too quick. From there we weren't able to move up like usual."
Greenwald paced the Georgia Tech men with a 20th-place finish and 10K time of 30:59 to mark the second-straight year Greenwald received NCAA South All-Region Honors. He earned the recognition at last year's regionals as a junior with a 24th place finish overall.
Mississippi and Florida State took the top two slots in the men's race to secure spots in the 2014 NCAA Championships on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Ty McCormack of Auburn won the race in a time of 30:08.
The Georgia Tech men finished in sixth place, four spots better than last year, out of 22 teams with 241 total points.
"Greenwald earned South All-Region honors and finished strong today," Drosky said. "Coburn, Lasater and Solomon were solid as well. But today we didn't have a fifth man where we needed one.
"We came in ranked fifth and just missed finishing in that spot by the tiebreaker, so a strong season for the men and we'll go back to work after a short break."
The Vanderbilt (52 points) and Florida State (53) women's teams claimed the top two spots in the women's 6K race to advance to the 2014 NCAA Championships. Florida State's Colleen Quigley won the race with a time of 19:17, but Vanderbilt placed all five point scorers in the top 15 and won the meet.
The Yellow Jacket women finished 11th, four spots better than last year, out of 29 teams with a total of 321 points.
Senior Kelly Meyer continued to excel on the course, crossing the line first for Tech in a time of 20:35 and 30th place out of 196 runners. Senior Katie Townsend (20:58, 54th), sophomore Haley Keadey (21:12, 73rd place), sophomore Melissa Fairey (21:18, 79th place) and senior Allison Brackin (21:23, 89th) rounded out Tech's top five point scorers. Junior Caroline Kissel (21:37) ran solid for Georgia Tech as well.
"For the women, Kelly Meyer ran another good race to lead us," Drosky said. "Behind her, we were too far back. The women have made some great strides this season and need to continue making progress. They're moving in the right direction."