MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The University of Montevallo women's cross country team claimed its third consecutive NCAA Division II Southeast Region Cross Country Championship on its home course Nov. 5.
The Falcons edged runner-up Queens University by six points in the team standings after featuring five of the top 15 runners in individual standings in the event. Montevallo, ranked No. 19 nationally in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II poll, is headed to the NCAA Division II National Championship for the third year in a row.
Also advancing to the national championship will be Georgia College's Katherine Yost. Yost was one of the top three individuals not on an advancing team. The junior finished sixth overall in a time of 21:45.0. Mt. Olive's Lean Hanie, who won the event, and Anderson's Haylee Love were the other individuals to advance.
Senior Cheyenne Thompson paced the Falcons as she finished runner-up in individual standings with her time of 21:26.50.
Junior teammate Katie Nelson finished third overall in individual standings with her time of 21:29.47.
Senior Anna Leinheiser came in ninth overall in individual standings with her time of 21:48.57. Senior Katherine Terino finished 13th overall in individual standings with her time of 22:00.89. Senior Natalie Shoemaker recorded a time of 22:02.85, which placed her 14th overall in individual standings.
Thompson, Nelson, Leinheiser, Terino and Shoemaker were each named to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region. Junior Sierra Millsaps came in 29th overall in individual standings with her time of 22:41.56. Junior Hannah Evans rounded out the group of Montevallo runners as she finished 44th overall in individual standings with her time of 23:13.16.
North Georgia finished fifth in the team standings and Brittany Truitt came in 16th with a time of 22:13.0. Augusta was seventh and Flagler eighth; all 12 PBC teams competed in the event.
The Falcons will return to action Saturday, Nov. 19 in the NCAA Division II National Championship in Saint Leo, Florida.