Women's Cross Country Team Closes Out Season at NCCAA Nationals

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

CEDARVILLE, Ohio- After having not competed in just under a month’s time, it could have been easy for the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s and women’s cross country teams to take it easy the past few weeks in preparation for their final meet of the season at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships, but the teams stood strong and closed things out on a positive note.

Under the leadership of first-year head coach Bob White and competing on the campus of Cedarville University in Ohio, both teams showed promise for future seasons while also improving individually as the season progressed according to White.

“We had four season-best personal records today so we accomplished a lot of what we had worked towards this year,” said White.

“We feel like we have built a solid foundation for future growth in the seasons to come,” said White who also acts as PBA’s full-time Athletic Director.

On the women’s side, freshman Kayla Castro paced the Sailfish runners on their way to a 17th finish nationally as a team. Castro came away with a personal best of 21:43, good for 79th in the very competitive national field. Up next came another freshman in Katherine Harvey who finished 83rd in the race with a time of 21:56. Faith Warren rounded out the trio of freshman performers for the Fish with a 22:53 mark to crack the top-100 at 99th.

Senior captain Gina Battista closed out her Sailfish career in solid form as she finished 23:16 for 102nd followed by Berkley Simpson (23:34) in 108th.

With program progression on the minds of the coach and the returning student-athletes, good things appear to be happening with the PBA cross country programs.

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