2012 Cross Country Season Ends at NCAA South Regional

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Chloe Phillips, Katie Huston and Renee Masterson finished in the Lady Bulldogs' top five at Friday's NCAA South Regional in Tallahassee, Fla.
Photo Courtesy of hailstate.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Concluding the 2012 season, Mississippi State will return home with a pair of commendable finishes at Friday's NCAA South Regional hosted by Florida State.

The Lady Bulldogs captured the ninth-place spot, totaling 328 points, while the men tallied 216 to seal a fifth-place finish.

Senior Renee Masterson (37th, 21:04.5), who posted the fastest times for her team at every meet this season, paced the MSU women again in Tallahassee. Crossing the line right behind Masterson was Chloe Phillips (38th, 21:04.6), later followed by Jodie McGuff (80th, 21:48.5), Emma Neigel (87th, 21:55.9) and Katie Huston (92nd, 21:59.3). Four of the top five women all posted their quickest times of the season Friday at Apalachee Regional Park.

"We had so many personal records set today, and being the last meet of the year, there are no complaints," Masterson said. "This is only a great foreshadowing of what track season will hold in the spring. I'm so proud to be a Mississippi State Bulldog."

After a positive showing at the SEC Championships, the men continued their run toward success at the South Regional. The Bulldogs spot in fifth not only tied their best regional finish in history, but also placed them ahead of SEC foes Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Juan Sanchez (31st, 31:35.7) led the way for the men, followed by Cameron Vernier (35th, 31:46.6), John Valentine (46th, 32:02.5), Curtis Kelly (52nd, 32:08.8) and Philip Johnson (57th, 32:13.3).

"We tied our highest finish ever at Regionals, and we were only four points out of fourth place," Vernier said. "Now we will take a couple weeks off, just doing some light running and then start getting ready to build off this season for track. We are all very excited for what we know we can do in the spring."

Women's 6K

Winner: Violah Lagat, Florida State, 20:06.6
MSU: 37. Renee Masterson, 21:04.5; 38. Chloe Phillips, 21:04.6; 80. Jodie McGuff, 21:48.5; 87. Emma Neigel, 21:55.9; 92. Katie Huston, 21:59.3; 106. Fabienne Amrhein, 22:10.5; 109. Cornelia Griesche, 22:17.1
Team Results: 1. Florida State, 2. Vanderbilt, 3. Georgia, 4. Florida, 5. Ole Miss, 6. Alabama, 7. Lipscomb, 8. Samford, 9. Mississippi State, 10. Tennessee, 11. Georgia State, 12. North Florida, 13. Southern Mississippi, 14. Belmont, 15. UAB, 16. Georgia Tech, 17. Chattanooga, 18. Jacksonville, 19. Memphis, 20. East Tenn. State, 21. Kennesaw State, 22. UCF, 23. South Florida, 24. Mercer, 25. Alabama State, 26. Florida A&M, 27. Troy, 28. Florida Atlantic, 29. Tennessee Tech

Men's 10K

Winner: Jakub Zivec, Florida State, 30:23.9
MSU: 31. Juan Sanchez, 31:35.7; 35. Cameron Vernier, 31:46.6; 46. John Valentine, 32:02.5; 52. Curtis Kelly, 32:08.8; 57. Philip Johnson, 32:13.3; 74. Julian Duarte, 32:39.0; 120. Andrew Monaghan, 33:33.7
Team Results: 1. Florida State, 2. Georgia, 3. Florida, 4. Georgia Tech, 5. Mississippi State, 6. Chattanooga, 7. East Tenn. State, 8. Tennessee, 9. Memphis, 10. Kennesaw State, 11. Auburn, 12. Mercer, 13. Ole Miss, 14. Alabama, 15. Florida A&M, 16. Lipscomb, 17. Georgia State, 18. Samford, 19. South Alabama, 20. Florida Gulf Coast, 21. Miami, 22. Vanderbilt, 23. Mississippi Valley, 24. Tennessee Tech, 25. Florida Atlantic, 26. South Florida


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