Women's Cross Country Receives First Regional Ranking in Team History

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

The #5-Regional Ranking for the PBA Women's Cross Country Team is the First in Program History. The #5-Regional Ranking for the PBA Women's Cross Country Team is the First in Program History.

NEW ORLEANS, La.- After making solid strides in each race in which they’ve participated this season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country team received some significant recognition on Tuesday as the regional and national rankings were released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. After being unranked in the highly-competitive South Region all season, the Sailfish women’s team is now ranked #5 in the latest team rankings.

The only teams ahead of the Fish in the regional rankings are the University of Tampa (#1), the University of Alabama-Huntsville (#2), Harding University (#3) and Arkansas Tech (#4). Trailing PBA include the University of West Florida (#6), Delta State University (#7), the University of West Alabama (#8), Nova Southeastern University (#9), and Valdosta State University (#10).

Led by standout junior Meghan Gilmore who in her first collegiate running season has finished in the top-five of individuals in each of the team’s races this season, the Sailfish have grown with each competitive race.

After Gilmore the team has infused a collection of young but very talented runners including four freshmen and two sophomores to lead them up the standings each week.

The tandem of freshmen Victoria Cabrera and Morgan Skwira have been the most consistent of late with each finishing in the top-20 at the team’s last race which took place on the campus of Stetson University. The trio of Gilmore, Cabrera, and Skwira led the team to a fourth-place team finish at the Stetson University Hatters Invitational on October 15th.

The Sailfish also tallied a fourth place finish at the Florida Tech Invitational with Gilmore taking home the honor of individual champion.

Pushing the team to new heights hasn’t been an easy task but with the help of the strong incoming class to go with the two sophomore hold-overs from last season, the Fish have taken it all in stride. Sophomores Faith Warren and Katherine Harvey helped lay a foundation last season while being joined this year by Danielle Kittell and Sarah Walsh.

With their last regular season race in mid-October, the Fish have been preparing hard for the postseason races that will be coming up in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned to PBASailfish.com for future updates on how the Sailfish do in competing at their respective postseason races.  

Click Here to View the Full Results of the Latest Regional Team Rankings 

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