Mount Berry, Ga. -- Two University of Lynchburg cross country runners qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships by way of their top-seven finishes at Saturday's South/Southeast Regional meet, hosted at Berry College's Clara Bowl.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) finished third in the women's 6k race, coming in at 22:37.08 to lead the Hornets.
Senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Fort Valley, Va.) placed sixth in the men's 8k race (25:52.26) to also qualify.
Another Hornet, freshman Max Sparks (Canton, Conn.) will learn if he'll be joining his teammates in Winnecone, Wis., for next weekend's championship meet when the field is announced Sunday via a release from the NCAA. Sparks finished 14th in the men's 8k (26:14.74).
Two other Lynchburg women -- junior Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) and senior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) -- earned all-region designations. Cholak finished in 23:55.63 to take 28th, and Schreiber finished 32nd in 24:04.94.
Lynchburg's men also got scoring races from junior Shawn Gmurek (Parkton, Md.; 27:07.21; 42nd), sophomore Roy Stevenson (Richmond, Va.; 27:21.31; 49th), and junior Reid Sharkey (Fairfax, Va.; 27:28.88; 52nd).
Lynchburg's men's team took sixth place in the meet with 163 points. First-place Rhodes (71) and second-place Emory U. (90) claimed the men's automatic national team qualifiers.
The Hornet women ran to a seventh-place result with 160 points. Meet champion Emory U. (83) and runner-up Centre (106) earned those automatic national bids.
The national meet is next Saturday, Nov. 17 at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winnecone, Wis.
LynchburgSports.com will have the latest on the championship selections as they are announced Sunday.