Covenant Men 10th, Women 26th At NCAA Regional

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Brendan Yeager placed 35th overall to earn All-Region honors and lead the Covenant men's cross country team to a 10th place finish, while the women finished 26th, at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional meet on Saturday at Shelby Farms in Memphis.

It was the second straight year that the Covenant men placed in the top 10. The Scots tied with Trinity (Texas) for 10th, but earned the spot officially via tiebreaker protocol as Covenant's top five finishers topped out better than Trinity.

Yeager became the first Scot since 2014 to earn All-Region honors on the men's side after he placed 35th with an 8k time of 26:13.2.
It was also the highest individual finish for a Scot since Eliot Kaufmann placed 34th back in 2014.

Covenant placed five runners inside the top 100 in a field that featured 239 finishers. Micaiah Allison came in 51st overall with a time of 26:39.8, while Matt Seitz (26:53.5) was 69th and Jonathan George (27:15.5) was 92nd in the event. Leif Le Mahieu rounded out the top five Scots with a time of 27:19.4. Ben Mellott set a personal record at 27:29.8 and Ian Sneller came in at 28:03.6.

Covenant was the second-best USA South squad in the race. Emory captured first place, while Berea was runner-up.

On the women's side, S.K. Lipperd capped a tremendous season with another personal record in the 6k. Lipperd placed 52nd overall with a 6k time of 23:32.2, the third straight meet that she has recorded a personal-best.

Maggie Henry was the second Scot to cross as she came in at 24:51.9, while Ashleigh Baker was the third to finish at 26:29.8. Nichole Rittgers (26:52.1) and Sydney Fitch (27:09.6) completed the top five runners for Covenant. Fitch set a personal record with her mark.

Caroline Pepper (27:33.3) and Brooke McDonald (29:05.5) capped the finishers for Covenant.

Washington & Lee took the team title on the women's side, while Emory placed second.

Men's Results (Top 7 finishers)
35th - Brendan Yeager - 26:13.2
51st - Micaiah Allison - 26:39.8
69th - Matt Seitz - 26:53.5
92nd - Jonathan George - 27:15.5
96th - Leif Le Mahieu - 27:19.4
109th - Ben Mellott - 27:29.8 (PR)
142nd - Ian Sneller - 28:03.6

Women's Results (Top 7 finishers)
52nd - S.K. Lipperd - 23:32.3 (PR)
109th - Maggie Henry - 24:51.9
169th - Ashleigh Baker - 26:29.8
176th - Nichole Rittgers - 26:52.1
183rd - Sydney Fitch - 27:09.6 (PR)
191st - Caroline Pepper - 27:33.3
213th - Brooke McDonald - 29:05.5

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