Young Tornados team runs with regions' finest at postseason meet

WINGATE, N.C. – Brevard College’s cross country teams concluded the 2015 season on Saturday morning at the NCAA DII South East Region Championship, hosted by Wingate University.

Hassan Kiprono led the Tornados with a 34:30.3 time, a personal best in a postseason meet, for 25th overall. Jordan Lance was the next BC runner to cross the finish line, edging an eager Lees-McRae runner by less than two seconds for a top 100 finish with a 37:28.9 run.

Micah Voelzow and Caleb Stanley rounded out the men’s team, with Voelzow finishing with a time of 42:43.8 and Stanley’s 44:52.4 in their first NCAA regional race.

Mount Olive won the regional meet, with South Atlantic Conference foes Mars Hill and Queens finishing second and third to advance to the National Championship. The men brought four runners to the meet, preventing them from having a team score.

In the women’s run, Hannah Cook concluded her BC career with a 26:33.8 time. In her senior year, Cook made program history with a pair of top finishes among Division II runners, the first time since Brevard joined the NCAA that a runner has accomplished that feat.

Elena Raygoza, the only other women’s runner with postseason experience, running the course in 28:02.3 to be the second Tornado to cross the finish line.

Brevard’s freshman trio all finished within a minute of each other, with Melia Milne running a 28:45.6 time followed by Rebecca Martin with a 29:18.6 finish and Ruby Lewis at 29:36.7. Leah Jostes rounded out the team crossing the finish line at 30:07.7.

Montevallo claimed the regional championship with the fastest average time, followed by Wingate and Queens to round out the top three. Brevard finished 26.

Brevard only graduates on runner in Cook.

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