Pirates Set For Conference USA Championship
Oct. 28, 2012
At last year's league meet, current senior Brooke Kott earned All-C-USA Third-Team honors by finishing 15th in her time of 17:36.6. Former Pirates Brittany Copeland and Tara Wilson both also earned All-C-USA recognition in 2011 with spots on the first and third-team, respectfully. Copeland set the East Carolina record in the 5K and became the first Pirate woman to finish in under 17minutes at 16:56.7.
The women's program placed fourth of 12 squads a year ago. The finish was the best in program history and topped the fifth-place showing in 2001. The women enter the meet ranking 14th in Southeast Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCA).
The championship meet will be the second in the career of redshirt sophomore Stefanie Fresenius, who competed in her first league meet last year and finished 36th overall with a time of 18:33.8. For junior Bjork Olsen this is her third chance to lineup against the conference's best after finishing 47th last season (19:02.6) and 34th in 2010 (18:06).
The two-time defending C-USA men's champion is Tulsa. The 19th-ranked Golden Hurricane also won the league title in 2008 and have not finished lower than third since joining the league in 2005. Tulsa is the lone C-USA men's team currently ranked in the Top 30 poll. The Golden Hurricane are also the highest ranked regional team at No. 3 in the Midwest Region, followed by Rice and UTEP at No. 6 in the South Central and Mountain Regions, respectively. Memphis appears at No. 9 in the South.
The top-21 finishers earn all-conference honors as the first through seventh are placed on the first team, eight through 14 are second teamers and the third team is comprised of the 15-21 finishers.