HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 12, 2021) – Led by senior Matt Scarr (Wambersal, NSW, Australia), the ETSU men’s cross country team finished 10th at the NCAA South Regional, which was contested Friday morning from John Hunt Park in Huntsville, Ala.
For the fifth time this season, Scarr paced the Blue and Gold as he finished 40th on the 10K course with a mark of 31:05.36, besting his previous 10K time of 32:22.4, set at the 2019 regional meet. Scarr was in 52nd at 6.6K mark but he was able to jump 12 spots with a strong finish push. The Buccaneer senior was 45th at the 8.22K mark and finished the final leg in 5:17.13 to climb five more spots.
Overall, ETSU – who entered the meet ranked 12th in the region – averaged a time of 31:31 en route to totaling 301 points. The Bucs finished ahead of four Power-5 programs with Georgia placing 11th (308 points), Vanderbilt coming in 12th (315 points), Georgia Tech was 13th (316 points) and Auburn placed 14th with 322 points.
Ole Miss and Alabama took the top two spots. The Rebels won the team event with 68 points and Alabama registered 79 points. Florida State placed third with 112 points.
Individually, Florida State took the top two spots as Adriaan Wildschutt won the 10K event with a time of 29:07.11 and teammate Ahmed Muhumed was right behind in 29:20.50. The other two runners from a non-qualifying team were MTSU’s Jacob Choge – who finished sixth in 29:38.44 – and Tennessee’s Karl Thiessen as he paced seventh in 29:39.16.
The Bucs’ other scorable runners came from Brayden Hamblen (Rock Falls, Ill.), Evan Guzman (Franklin, Tenn.), Myles Stoots (Mobile, Ala.) and Gavin Cooper (LaFollette, Tenn.). Hamblen crossed the line in 31:19.56 to finish 53rd, while Guzman – who led ETSU at the SoCon Championship – was in 57th (31:25.43). Stoots finished two spots back of Guzman in 31:27.24 and Cooper placed 96th in 32:21.18.
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