Women's Cross Country Finishes Sixth at NCAA South Regional; Warren Qualifies for Nationals
November 3, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
HUNTSVILL, Ala.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s cross country team returned to action on Saturday, November 3rd as they competed in the NCAA South Regional Cross Country Championships, hosted by the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Competing on the 6,000 meter Sharon Johnston Park course, the Sailfish would finish sixth in the field while senior Faith Warren would qualify for the NCAA National Championships thanks to a fifth place individual finish.
While being off the past few weeks from regular course competitions, the Sailfish flew to Alabama on Friday poised and ready to compete against a strong field of teams in the region.
In the end, the top three teams proved to be the University of Tampa (24 points), the University of West Florida (102 points) and Nova Southeastern University (103 points). The top three team finishers clinched a spot in the NCAA Division II National Championship later this month.
Finishing ahead of PBA rounding out the top five teams was Alabama-Huntsville with 118 points and Delta State University with 167 points. PBA finished just behind DSU with 169 total points.
Faith Warren will move on for Palm Beach Atlantic as one of three individual qualifiers on the women’s side as she posted a final 6K time of 22:46.96 to finish in fifth place. Tampa’s Kelly Hagan earned the individual medalist honor with a time of 22:18.48. UT teammate Laura Yarrow finished in second place with a time of 22:27.43.
Warren will compete at the NCAA Division II National Championship in Joplin, Missouri on November 17th.
Following Warren in the team standings was senior Katherine Harvey who posted a final time of 23:30.73 for a 16th place finish. Also running her final collegiate race was Meghan Gilmore who finished in a time of 24:20.79, good for 34th place in the field.
Sophomores Kourtney Sumner and Jessica Sexton finished next in line for PBA with times of 25:11.06 (61st place) and 25:41.87 (71st place) respectively. Morgan Skwira and Sarah Walsh rounded out PBA’s performers with times of 28:44.81 and 29:04.21 respectively.