Senior Tim Gill saved his best race for his final collegiate Cross Country Meet with a 19th Place finish at Saturday's NCAA II Southeast Regional Championship Meet held at Mc Alpine Creek Park, Gill covered the 10115m course in an unofficial school best mark for 10000m in a time of 32:24. He also rolled through the official 8000m mark in a time of 25:29, which bettered his previous best of 25:42, which he set at the Conference Carolinas Championships 2 weeks ago. This was the 2nd year in a row that he earned All Region Honors, when he placed 22nd. He also earned All Conference Honors 2 weeks ago with a 7th place finish in the Conference Carolinas Meet.
The Individual Champion was Dylan Lafond of Mt Olive, who came across the line with a time of 30:51, Lafond also won the Conference Carolinas Championship 2 weeks ago with a time of 24:13 for 8000m. There were a total of 187 finishers in the event.
The Belmont Abbey Men finished 18th in the meet with a total of 458 points out of field of 28 scoring teams and 31 schools represented. The Top 3 Teams qualified for the NCAA II Championships that will be held in Spokane, WA on November 23rd, Conference Carolinas teams Mt Olive and King went 1-2, with Georgia Regents – Augusta placing 3rd. Mt Olive totaled 53 points with King at 102 and GRU-Augusta 104, Mars Hill was a close 4th with 110 points. The Top 3 finishers not on qualifying teams also earned spots at the National Meet, they included: Job Kimboi of Clayton State, Felix Duchampt of Queens, and Corey Mundy of Flagler. Gill was the 8th Individual not on a qualifying team and 38 seconds of a spot.
Coach Mike De Witt commented on the efforts of the BAC Men's Team: "Tim Gill has done a great job this fall and he raced particularly strong in this meet! He was aggressive getting out in the top group and fought to hold his Top 20 spot throughout the race. His season record against Division II Runners was 645 WON and 87 LOST, a strong .887 clip! The team raced against 8 Nationally ranked teams during the fall, in all cases he ran within the Top 5 of those rosters. It was also a great day for the 3 other seniors that competed in their final collegiate meet, Frank Spicer, Mike Rogers, and Darren Balkey, each raced at their personal best range, which gave our team their best team meet of the season and the most important race, something this group did last year as well! The departing seniors have set the stage with the underclass runners, which have also run better than ever during fall, and with a good recruiting class on paper at this point, we should be able to continue to work into the Top 50% of the teams in the Region next fall."