Nov. 10, 2007
Louisville, KY – The Clemson men’s cross country team finished sixth at the Southeast Region Championships on Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park. Matt Clark finished ninth in the individual race to lead the team, and he advances to the NCAA Championships by virtue of his finish.
The Tigers have now finished sixth or better in the Southeast Region six of the last seven seasons. Clemson was fifth in the meet a year ago. N.C. State won the team title with 69 points, just one ahead of host Louisville. William & Mary was third with 74 total points.
Clark’s ninth-place finish meant he was All-Region for the third time in his outstanding career. He had a time of 30:12.70, just shy of his personal best in a 10,000m race. He was sixth in this race two years ago. Clark will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 19 in Terre Haute, IN. He was 13th at Pre-Nationals on the same course last month.
Sam Bryfczynski concluded his 2007 season in fine fashion. He was 35th overall and continued to display his well-rounded improvement. His finishing time was 31:10.65, which was over 50 seconds better than his previous best in a 10K race. Bryfczynski was solid all season long for Bob Pollock’s program. He led the team at the Notre Dame Invitational and was the team’s #2 finisher in three straight meets to end the season.
Matt Bruce wrapped up his outstanding freshman season Saturday. The Canada native was close behind Bryfczynski in 37th position. He had a time of 31:12.95 in his first-ever collegiate 10,000m cross country race. He was among the team’s top four finishers in each of the last four meets.
Bryce Iverson, who injured an ankle last week and was expected to possibly sit out Saturday, competed and finished 48th. He had a time of 31:30.60 on the same course in which he finished 15th at the 2006 regionals.
The final scorer for the Tigers was Will Noble, a red-shirt sophomore. He had a time of 31:44.80 in his first trip to the Southeast Region Championships. The Gray Court, SC native posted a 59th-place effort Saturday.
Brian Soder (32:30.45) and Jonathan Sunde (32:51) also competed for Pollock’s squad this weekend.
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