Sailfish Runners Claim Top Five Team Finish at NCAA Regional Championship
November 5, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
BRANDON, Fla.- Competing as a team at the NCAA Regional Championship for the first time in program history the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country team traveled to Dover Park on Saturday to compete against the South Region’s best. Keeping with the trend of a program on the rise under first-year head coach Trish Butler the, Sailfish claimed a fifth place team finish in the women’s 6,000 meter race.
Although the sun would be shining the Sailfish runners and all other participants would be up against slightly cooler temperatures than what South Florida is accustomed to with the starting race temperature of 54 degrees.
The host Spartans of the University of Tampa would claim hold to their second straight regional championship by seeing four of their runners finish in the top eight of the regional meet including the individual medalist winner in senior Heather Nicolosi with a time of 21:43.
After Tampa’s impressive team total of 28 points the University of West Florida claimed hold to second place with a total of 127 points while Nova Southeastern University rounded out the top-three.
The University of West Alabama finished just slightly ahead of PBA for fourth place with a total of 178 points with PBA coming in just behind at 183. A total of 16 schools competed in the regional championship.
The top two finishers for PBA would finish in the required top-25 finishers to be named to the NCAA All-Region team in junior Faith Warren and freshman Kourtney Sumner. Warren finished with a 6K time of 23:33 for 16th place while Sumner was only ten seconds behind with a time of 23:43, good for 22nd in the race.
Junior Katherine Harvey narrowly missed out on All-Region accolades by finishing 27th in the race as she claimed a final time of 23:54. Freshman Jessica Sexton crossed the finish line at 24:53 to finish in 50th to give PBA four runners in the top-50.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s final scoring runner was sophomore Danielle Kittell who posted a time of 25:40 (68th place) while Sarah Walsh claimed sixth place on the Sailfish squad with a time of 27:22 (92nd place) to round out the PBA participants.
The Fish will now turn their focus to the upcoming NCCAA National Championship meet in Cedarville, Ohio on Saturday, November 12th.