Head cross country coach Tyson Murphy, set to close out his 12th season guiding Maryville College's men and women harriers, will take his program to the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, November 11 in Newport News, Virginia.
Each team finished 5th in their respective USA South championship meet with six Scots runners taking home conference accolades while every runner on the roster would crescendo to a seasonal or personal best in their last race.
Daniel Beckett's 7th place finish (27:29) earned him his second consecutive 1st Team All-USA South honor. The sophomore from Oak Ridge, Tennessee was named 2016 USA South Runner and Rookie of the Year just last season. He had five performances under 28:07 this season. The men collectively finished the USA South meet with the squad's best team average.
Susanna Cook, a sophomore from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, finished 11th (24:32) at the USA South meet earning 2nd Team All-USA South honors. Her best time of the season was 23:19 at the Tusculum Invitational. Rookie runner Taylor Williams earned 3rd Team All-USA South honors with a 21st place finish in a time of 25:16. It was her best time of the year within the 6K distance for this Hendersonville, Tennessee native. Sophomore Kaitlyn Carringer recorded her top finish of the season (25:58) to earn USA South Honorable Mention accolades. During the USA South championship meet, the women collectively shattered the school's team record by 25 seconds finishing in an average of 25:59.
Sophomore Ryan Lay (Maryville, Tenn.) and junior Taylor Williams (Hendersonville, Tenn.) were honored as USA South All-Sportsmanship recipients by Coach Murphy and his staff for their leadership and dedication to each program this season.
Head Coach Tyson Murphy can't wait to see how his student-athletes close out their season. "We are going to regionals with a lot to be excited about. We are ready to line up with the fastest women's team in the school's history and I'm most excited because they have even more room to improve. They are a young, intelligent, competitive team that is truly peaking at the end of the season. If things come together, we will see our best-finish at NCAA Regionals."
Coach Murphy is equally excited about his men's squad. "On the guy's side, we have five sophomores and a freshman looking to improve personal bests across the board. Each runner will gain valuable experience by being challenged by the best in the region. We are paced by Daniel Becket, who is knocking on the door of making the all-regional team and establishing a men's 8k school record. Our guys have a lot to be excited about."
The South/Southeast regional will be hosted by Christopher Newport University. The men will take on the course beginning at 11:00 a.m. while the women will begin at 12:15 p.m.