Memphis, Tenn. -- University of Lynchburg's men's and women's cross country program will send multiple runners to the NCAA Division III championships for the second consecutive season.
Junior Stephanie Burnett punched her ticket in record-setting fashion at Saturday's South/Southeast Regional meet, racing to fourth in the women's 6k in 21:40.9 at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tenn. Burnett's race topped the Lynchburg women's program record by 13.5 seconds. Hers was just the ninth-ever top-five finish at the regional meet for a Lynchburg female runner.
Sophomore Max Sparks raced to second place in the men's 8k (25:07.0) to secure his second-career national meet trip. Sparks finished 172nd at the 2018 national championships.
Lynchburg's men's team placed fourth in the meet, while the Hornet women took sixth. The men's finish was their highest since the team won the region in 2012.
The national race is set for next Saturday, Nov. 23 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.