Augusta State Women's Cross Country Qualifies for National Finals

Augusta State Women's Cross Country Qualifies for National Finals

WINGATE, N.C. – The Augusta State women’s cross country team finished second in the 22-team NCAA Southeast Regional Championship and earned the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Nationals. The Lady Jaguars put three runners in the top 10 to finish with 110 points, just behind region winner Lees-McRae who had 85. Clayton State’s Allison Kreutzer won the region, her seventh meet win this season, and became the only PBC individual to qualify for nationals. The top two teams and top five individuals not on those teams advance to the finals in Slippery Rock, Pa.

Augusta State’s Jenafer Forward was the first ASU runner across the line, covering the 6k distance in 24:11. Savannah Sutton was 16th in 24:51 and Kara Kretuzer 20th. Sophie Baconnet was 43rd and Celie Kresser 44th for ASU.

Columbus State, who captured the 2008 PBC Championship two weeks ago ahead of ASU, finished fourth with 177 points. Kandace Smith was eighth in 24:25 while Andrea Whitaker was 15th in 24:47. GCSU finished in fifth with Heather Raines crossing the line in 26th with a time of 25:16. Bonnie Ueltzen was next in 28th with 25:21.

North Georgia finished seventh with 236 points while USC Aiken was 16th and Francis Marion 20th. The Lander sister duo of Claudia and Olga Nunez-Lopez each finished in the top 20, but Lander did not have enough runners to qualify for a team score.

Clayton State’s Kreutzer made it 7-for-7 in individual meet victories this season as she cruised to win. The individual regional championship not only was the first for Kreutzer, but also for any Laker runner ever - men or women. She won the 6K race in a time of 22:24, almost a full minute ahead of Carson-Newman's Aubrey Morris. Overall, the top five individual finishers qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships, which will be on Nov. 22 at Slippery Rock.

Team Results (PDF)

Individual Results (PDF)