Gilmore Named PBA's First Cross Country All-Region Selection
November 24, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
NEW ORLEANS, La.- With one race left to complete a spectacular junior season, Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country runner Meghan Gilmore has been named to the NCAA Division II All-Region listing by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as announced on Tuesday by the organization. The honor is a first for a PBA cross country runner as Gilmore will run at the NCAA Division II National Championship meet on Saturday, December 4th.
Needing a top-five finish at the South Regional this past weekend, Gilmore performed well in her first 6,000 meter race of the season as she took home third-place with a time of 21:29 to advance to the site of the NCAA Fall Championships in Louisville, Kentucky and the campus of Bellarmine University.
It has been a special season for Gilmore who is in her first year as a collegiate cross country runner after playing NCAA Division I soccer at the University of Georgia during her first two years of athletic competition.
She would begin the season with an individual title at the Florida Tech Invitational while earning top-five finishes at all her other races this season, many of which she was competing against runners from NCAA Division I runners. She then traveled with her teammates to Cedarville, Ohio where she became the first PBA cross country runner to earn an individual NCCAA National Championship as she dominated the field for the top prize.
Gilmore will be seeking an even better time at the NCAA National Championship as she hopes to place as one of the top runners in all of NCAA Division II.
Cross Country Coach Christy Rife (Left) with Meghan Gilmore (Right) at the NCCAA National Championship Banquet