Berg Continues to Shine as PBA Takes Second Place at Florida Tech Cross Country Invitational

Melbourne, Fla.- Traveling to the campus of the Florida Institute of Technology for the second consecutive weekend, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country team once again came away with an impressive finish while senior Hannah Berg once again took home first-place honors.

A senior from Oviedo, Florida, Berg also earned first place in her division last weekend when the Sailfish participated in the Wickham Jamborre, also hosted by FIT. Berg’s time of 19 minutes and 27.5 seconds beat out the second place runner, Alex Salinas of Embry-Riddle University, by nearly 20 seconds (19:46.9 seconds).

This is the second year in a row that a PBA runner has taken home top honors as 2006 senior Allison Tittle won last year’s competition.

Overall, the PBA women’s runners took home second place honors behind Embry-Riddle who finished with 27 team points compared to PBA’s mark of 66 points. Also competing in the race were Florida Tech, Bethune-Cookman, and Johnson & Wales.

Behind Berg’s impressive run were plenty of other high-finishing PBA runners. Katie Livesay (Dayton, Tenn.), competing in her first race of the young season, finished 13th overall with a time of 22:35.3 with Mackenzie LaRoe right behind in 14th place at 23:28.9.

Finishing 17th overall in the women’s 5K was freshman Kelly Schwartz (Richland, Mich.) with a time of 24:42.9 followed by Tina Brown (Jacksonsville, Fla.) and Gloria Flores (Los Angeles, Calif.) in 21st and 22nd place respectively.

“Overall it was a great race and good to see all of our runners improving,” said head coach Chi Ly after the race. “We know there is improvement to be had but we will continue to work hard and hope the results follow,” continued Ly.

The PBA cross country team gets back into action on Friday, September 14th when they travel to Brandon Trails, Florida to take part in the UT Early Bird Classic. The race begins at 5:00 p.m.

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