Faith Warren and Kourtney Sumner Honored as USTFCCCA All-Region
November 8, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
NEW ORLEANS, La.- Sailfish women’s cross country runners Faith Warren and Kourtney Sumner not only were a part of the first Sailfish women’s cross country team to compete at a NCAA Regional this past Saturday but they were also named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region team for their top-25 finish at the regional championship.
Running the 6K course at Dover Park in Brandon, Florida and hosted by the University of Tampa, both Warren and Sumner were big reasons why the Sailfish finished an impressive fifth place as a team in their first regional meet.
Each individual who finished in the top-25 of a NCAA Division II Regional Championship meet has the honor of being named to the All-Region listing.
A junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, Warren has consistently improved her times over the course of her three seasons running in a Sailfish uniform and has now stepped into the role of team leader for head coach Trish Butler.
Warren completed Saturday’s race in a time of 23:33 for 16th place in the field while also finishing as the top finisher for PBA’s team.
Joining her near the top of the race and finishing in 22nd place with a time of 23:43 in the women’s 6K was Sumner who hails from Hockessin, Delaware and has been a big contributor in her first season as a collegiate runner.
At or near the top of the Sailfish finishers each race she competed in this season, Sumner has made a smooth transition from high school runner to collegiate competitor as a true freshman.
Warren and Sumner join teammate Meghan Gilmore as recipients of the All-Region award after Gilmore finished third at last year’s NCAA Regional.
The ladies will compete as a team one final time this weekend when they travel to the NCCAA Championships in Cedarville, Ohio. The team finished fourth last season and will be looking to continue to show improvement once again.