Kate Borowicz and Erin Barker earned all-region honors Friday after leading the Clemson women to a seventh-place team finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Charlotte, NC. Aaron Ramirez also earned his first all-region honor to lead the Tiger men’s team at Charlotte’s McAlpine Park.
Duke ran away with the women’s title, accumulating 82 points to defeat runner-up William & Mary by a 42-point margin. NC State (147) was third, followed by Kentucky (173), North Carolina (195) and James Madison (225). Clemson tallied 239 points, besting ACC rival Virginia by a 12-point edge.
It marked the third straight top-10 team finish for the Clemson women, who were eighth in 2010 before a fourth-place effort last fall. In addition, Clemson had at least one female all-region runner for the fifth consecutive season – the longest such streak for the program since the 1983-87 era under Head Coach Wayne Coffman.
Borowicz collected the first all-region honor of her career by leading the Tigers in 21st place. The Greenville, SC native produced a time of 21:09.87, easily topping her previous personal best over 6,000 meters. Borowicz, who finished fifth at the Charlotte Invitational on the same McAlpine Park course earlier this fall, showed great improvement over a 43rd-place finish at the regional meet one year ago.
Barker was all-region for the second straight season, but first time as a member of the Tiger squad. She earned the accolade in 2011 as a Furman Paladin before completing her eligibility this fall with Clemson. Barker, also from the Upstate (Easley, SC), had a time of 21:13.51 – just two seconds off her season-best time from the ACC Championships two weeks ago.
A third Clemson student-athlete finished in the top 30 of the women’s race. Natalie Anthony, a junior from Randolph, NJ, put together a second straight top-30 finish at the regional level by crossing the line in 29th. She had a time of 21:26.35, meaning Clemson’s top three had a solid 17-second split between them.
The final two scorers for the Tiger women’s team were Cara Talty – who finished 75th with a time of 22:08.74 – and Alyssa Henshaw, who was 90th after recording a 6K mark of 22:20.01. Brianna Blanton was one spot behind Henshaw in the first non-scoring position.
The men’s team finished 16th out of 34 teams. Virginia (64) held off Eastern Kentucky (75) in a competitive men’s team competition. NC State, Virginia Tech and Duke rounded out the top five finishing teams Friday.
Ramirez capped a fantastic individual season with a 21st-place finish – his first all-region performance as a Tiger. Last season at the same meet, Ramirez was 70th. He produced a 10,000-meter time of 30:40.81, nearly 78 seconds ahead of his time at Louisville’s Sawyer Park over the same distance last fall at Southeast Regionals. It gave the Tiger men’s program a second straight all-region performer, following Ty McCormack’s effort in 2011.