PBA Cracks Top Ten at Southeast Cross Country Classic

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

ROME, Ga.- Traveling out of state for the first time this season the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country team made a solid statement on Saturday while competing at the Southeast Cross Country Classic in Rome, Georgia. The team would finish in tenth place overall out of 35 teams with freshman Kourtney Sumner once again pacing the Sailfish individually as the top PBA performer.

Led by first-year head coach Trish Butler, the Sailfish women’s cross country team continues to make strides in building a solid program to compete within the NCAA South Region. Ranked as high as #4 regionally during this season despite not having the services of All-American Meghan Gilmore, the team has much to be proud of moving forward.

Today’s race not only matched PBA up against some unfamiliar competition but also served as a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional meet, the first of its kind in the NCCAA South Region.

Based on team results the Fish captured the NCCAA Regional Championship and will eventually compete at the NCCAA National Championship meet in November on the campus of Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.

Indiana Wesleyan University captured the overall Southeast Classic team title on Saturday despite not having an individual finish in the top-10 as the Wildcats finished with 107 points. Centre College finished as the runner-up with 116 points.

The top individual in the women’s 5,000 meter race proved to be Lindsey Wilson College’s Sharon Ronoh with a final time of 17:49, nearly 18 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Jennifer Cook from host Berry College (18:07).

Sumner claimed 36th place for PBA with a time of 19:35 while junior Katherine Harvey put together one of her best runs of the year by finishing in 40th place and a time of 19:42.

Scoring next for the Sailfish was Faith Warren at 19:50, good for 47th place in the race while freshman Jessica Sexton finished just over the 20 minute mark at 20:01 in 53rd place.

Danielle Kittell was next in line for PBA in 93rd place with a time of 20:52 while Sarah Walsh was the sixth runner for PBA with a time of 22:07.

The Sailfish will now have two weeks to prepare for the upcoming NCAA Regional to be run on Saturday, November 5th in Tampa, Florida.

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