HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 11, 2022) – For the third time this season, ETSU’s Rebekah Howard (Ashland, Ky.) led the ETSU women’s cross country team as she did so again on Friday at the NCAA South Regional, held at the John Hunt Cross Country Course in Huntsville, Ala.
Running the 6K course, Howard was the top Buccaneer as she placed 56th in a field of 169 runners with a personal best time of 21:15.9. Howard, who took a full minute off her previous best 6K time, started in 82nd at the 1.6K mark, moved past 19 runners at the 4.2K checkpoint and jumped seven more spots down the stretch.
Likewise, teammate Genevieve Schwarz (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) had a similar result as she finished in 62nd with a personal best time of 21:21.7. Schwarz was in 83rd early on before passing 16 runners at the 4.2K mark and jumped five more spots as she made her way towards the finish line. Overall, Schwarz shaved 20 seconds off her previous best mark, set at last month’s Vertcross Invitational.
Other ETSU countable scores included Kiera Snyder (Clyde, Mich.), Chanelle Kruger (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Julia Foote (Franklin, Tenn.). Snyder, running in just her second meet this season, finished 70th (21:28.3), Kruger, making her NCAA Regional debut, placed 89th (21:46.5) and Foote came in 127th (22:20.7). Snyder took a full minute off her previous best 6K time on Friday and Foote took 25 seconds off her time.
Florida’s Parker Valby won the race as she clocked in at 19:17.2, which was 18 seconds faster than her nearest competitor.
Alabama won the team event with 34 points, while Florida State finished second with 88 points. ETSU, who entered the regional ranked No. 15, finished in that spot with 398 points. The Bucs beat out UCF, Georgia, Mississippi State, Memphis, Chattanooga and Mercer.
For more information on Buccaneer women’s cross country, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s cross country page.