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Nationals Bound: Women's Cross Country Qualifies for NCAA National Championship
Published on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 (12:20 p.m.)HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Nova Southeastern women’s cross country team has qualified for the NCAA National Championship after placing third at the NCAA South Regional Championship Saturday.
This is the first National Championship berth for the women’s team. It is the culmination of a long term rebuilding project for the squad that started two seasons ago, when head coach Bryan Hagopian brought in almost half of Saturday’s runners as freshman. The championship race will be held in Joplin, Mo. on Nov. 17.
“The women’s team ran great, I could not have been more pleased with their effort,” said Hagopian. “This women’s team has been in development since I’ve been here. We have never had an elite women’s side at NSU and the program is now running on all cylinders.”
Alexandria Palm (Jr., Winnebago, Ill.) was the highest finisher of any Shark, men or women, in third place. Palm clocked in at 22:37.27 and now holds the four fastest 6K times in program history. Peri Bowman (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) also placed in the top-20 in 18th place. Her time of 23:37.40 was a 15-second improvement on her time at the Sunshine State Conference Championship.
Rose Howell (So., St. Louis, Mo.) finished in 23rd place with a time of 23:52.90, a career-best mark in the 6K. Behind Howell was fellow sophomore Aimee Sims (St., Anne, Ill.) with a 35th-place time of 24:21.05.
Outside of the top-four on the women’s team was Jessica Osteen (Sr., North Las Vegas, Nev.) with a time of 24:25.65. Behind Osteen was Brittaney Smash (Jr., Arlngton, Texas) at 24:32.76 and Kristine Shogren (Fr., Winfield, Ill.) at 25:43.66.
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