The East Central University men’s and women’s cross country teams are preparing for the 2012 NCAA Central Regionals hosted by Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo. At the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex.

The men’s 10k race is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 and the women’s 6k race will follow at 10:30 a.m.

The Tigers, who are currently ranked No. 10 in the Central Region, will be running on the same course that they ran (then 8k) for the Southern Stampede (Sept. 29).  Junior Cale Eidson paced ECU to a 10th-place finish, by finishing eighth overall in a time of 26:16.66.  Senior Austin Christian was the second finisher for the Tigers in 27:02.18 (22nd).

The Lady Tigers will also be running the same course (then 5k) from the Southern Stampede (Sept. 29).  Senior Samantha Bartlett was the first to finish for ECU, earning 16th place in a time of 19:44.85.  Sophomore ReGina Germaine was the second finisher in a time of 19:54.93 (27th), with the team finishing fifth of 26 teams.

Out of the field, that includes teams from the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), four men’s teams and five women’s teams will automatically qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championships, Saturday, Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo.


Women’s Golf Finishes Fourth at Lady Reddies Invitational

GLENWOOD, ARK. – The East Central University women’s golf team wrapped up their Fall Season by earning a fourth-place finish, out of nine teams, at the Henderson State Lady Reddies Invitational at the Glenwood Country Club.

“I felt like the team scored like they have been all Fall,” said head coach Danny Key.  “I was pleased with the closeness of the scores, which is a good indication of a similar talent level on the team. We are going to continue to work hard to reduce each golfer’s score by two or three strokes for the Spring.”

The Lady Tigers finished with a two-day score of 661 (328-332) for fourth in a field that included seven of the eight teams that sponsor women’s golf in the Great American Conference.  Arkansas Tech finished first (615), Harding was second (633) and host Henderson State was third (644).   ECU finished ahead of Southern Arkansas (7th-736), Arkansas-Monticello (8th-748) and Ouachita Baptist (DNF).

ECU was led by senior Emily Wharton, who tallied a 162 (81-81) and finished tied for 11th.  Senior Ashley Cardwell was three strokes behind Wharton, with a 165 (83-82) and was 14th.  Sophomore Lindsey Lunceford was 17th with a 167 (81-86), freshman Megan Gowens was 18th with a 168 (85-83) and freshman Madison Myers tied for 20th, with a 171 (84-87).

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