North Carolina junior Stephen Mulherin earned the opportunity to run at the NCAA Cross Country Championship meet after his strong performance Friday at the Southeast Regional in Earlysville, Virginia.
Mulherin posted a time of 29:33.9 in the 10-kilometer race to lead the men’s team with an overall ninth place finish.
“He was fantastic and extremely patient,” said Coach Mark VanAlstyne about Mulherin’s performance. “I’m really proud of him and it was the best race of his career when it counted the most.”
Sophomore Hannah Christen finished in sixth place in the 6-kilometer race to lead the women with a time of 20:45.0.
“At the ACC meet I was really nervous and I felt panicked and frantic,” Christen said. “Going into this race I was telling myself to stay calm and I trusted my coach and the plan that he gave me. It ended up working out really well for me.”