Women's Cross Country Wraps Up Season with Seventh Place Finish at NCCAA Nationals

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

Katherine Harvey (Pictured) Led All PBA Runners with a 27th Place Finish at the NCCAA National Championship at Cedarvile University. Katherine Harvey (Pictured) Led All PBA Runners with a 27th Place Finish at the NCCAA National Championship at Cedarvile University.

CEDARVILLE, OHIO- The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s cross country team traveled north to Cedarville, Ohio on Saturday to compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship hosted by Cedarville University at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. Running amidst 50 degree weather with the sun shining the Sailfish would finish seventh as a team out of 25 competing institutions.

The Sailfish wrap up a terrific season that saw the team make solid strides all season long under first-year head coach Trish Butler.

 Scoring a team total of 240 points, the Sailfish were paced on Saturday by three individuals who finished in the top-50 of the women’s 5,000 meter race that featured a total of 184 competitors.

Malone University took home the women’s team title with 59 total points as they bested California Baptist University (75 points), Indiana Wesleyan University (89 points), Roberts Wesleyan College (104 points) and Cedarville (140 points) to round out the top-five. Trinity Christian College finished just ahead of PBA in sixth place with 150 team points.

Cedarville junior Hannah Lamos earned the individual title with a time of 18:28.

Junior Katherine Harvey stepped up for PBA on the day finishing with the top Sailfish time of 19:38 to finish in 27th place while fellow junior Faith Warren was next in line with a time of 19:51, good for 34th place in the race.

Freshman Kourtney Sumner rounded out Palm Beach Atlantic’s top-50 showings with a 5K time of 19:58 which placed her in 38th place.

Other runners competing on the day for the Fish included Danielle Kittell (20:31, 57th), Jessica Sexton (21:28, 93rd), Sarah Walsh (22:25, 119th) and Morgan Skwira (23:10, 131st). Skwira was running in her first race of the season.

With no seniors on this year’s PBA roster the Sailfish have a strong chance of continuing on the success of their 2011 campaign into seasons ahead.

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