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PBA Runners Place Tenth in NCCAA Cross Country Championships

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Participating in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Cross Country Championships, the Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) women's cross country team finished tenth out of a total 22 teams. Not-so-friendly weather conditions awaited the runners, as the course fell victim to all the ingredients runners least like to run in: cold weather, wind and rain.

Leading the Sailfish was senior Alison Tittle, who placed 13th out of 156 runners in the race with an overall time of 19:48. In comparison, Laura York from Taylor University won the race, crossing the finish line at 18:31.

Amy Ernsberger followed Tittle for the Sailfish, posting a time of 21:12 to place 47th. Rounding out the final three runners for PBA was Hannah Berg (53rd), Natalie Porter (84th) and Kayla Duhlhagen (140th).

On top of being in the race's Top 15, Tittle also received NCCAA All-American honors, which is a first for any Sailfish runner. The transfer from Toledo medaled in several races this year, including a first place finish at the FIT Invitational on Sept. 9.

Going into the race, head coach Chi Ly was without freshman Katie Livesay, who injured her quad earlier in the week.

"Our team did the best they could under the conditions they had to run in," noted Ly. "I'm proud of the women on our team, and I think we did we ran well this year."

The Championship race culminated the season for PBA, who had an improved year. It also finished Ly's first year at the helm of the team. The Sailfish's best finish as a team this year came at the Stetson Hatter Invitational on Oct. 13th, when they placed fourth out of a field of 17 teams.

Complete results of the championship race.
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