Sailfish Cross Country Finishes as Top Division II Team at UCF Black and Gold Invite

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Photo Courtesy of: Tim Casey. Photo Courtesy of: Tim Casey.

ORLANDO, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country team rounded out their regular season lineup over the weekend when they took the University of Central Florida Sports Complex for the UCF Black and Gold Invitational. Competing against some of the top collegiate talent in the state, the Sailfish finished tied for ninth place as a team while finishing behind eight NCAA Division I programs in the final standings.

In an effort to prepare for the increased distance of postseason racing, the Sailfish competed in their first 6,000 meter race of the season compared to the normal 5K races they had run to this point.

With the additional distance and a two week break from competition, the Sailfish responded with a solid team showing of 231 total points to tie Palm Beach County neighbor, Florida Atlantic University for ninth place.

The University of North Florida earned the team title with 49 points while UCF (88 points), the University of Jacksonville (106 points), the University of South Florida (121 points) and Florida Gulf Coast University (153 points) rounded out the top-five.

PBA was paced by their strong senior class once again with Faith Warren topping the team finishers with a 6k time of 23:40, good for 24th place in the race. Katherine Harvey and Meghan Gilmore finished next in line for PBA as Harvey finished in 23:57 in 32nd place while Gilmore was across the finish line at 24:29 for 48th place.

Sophomores Kourtney Sumner (25:11) and Jessica Sexton (25:38) followed not far after to both crack the top-75 finishers while Sarah Walsh (28:14) and Morgan Skwira (28:31) rounded out the PBA field.

Joane Pierre of Jacksonville earned medalist honors with a 21:25 pace followed by five other runners who finished under 22 minutes.

The final race of the season for PBA now in the books, the Fish will prepare for a November 3rd race at the NCAA Division II South Regional to be run in Huntsville, Alabama.

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