GCSU Women Take 4th at NCAA Cross Country Southeast Regional

GCSU Women Take 4th at NCAA Cross Country Southeast Regional

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WINGATE, N.C. - Posting the best finish in school history, the Georgia College & State University women's cross country team took fourth at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship today (Nov. 7) hosted by Wingate University.

Senior Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) made the most of her final collegiate race, pacing the Bobcats in 28th overall at 25:19. Raines led Georgia College in five of the seven races this season.

Sophomore Karissa Ekstrom (Alpharetta, Ga.) was one slot behind in 29th, covering the 6K course in 25:21. Senior Virginia Balkcom (Fayetteville, Ga.) was 31st, just four seconds later.

Junior Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.) was fourth on the squad and 41st overall at 25:41, with sophomore Victoria Dobson (New Hamburg, Ontario) 47th at 25:59.

The ‘Cats had 171 team points, 67 behind third place Lees-McRae College. Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school Columbus State University took the region title by just one point over Queens (N.C.) University 68-69.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Kate Griewisch won the individual title, finishing in 22:35, bettering the field by seven seconds.

The race finishes an outstanding 2009 campaign for the Bobcats, a year in which GCSU took the runner-up spot in the PBC Championship for the first time in school history, and winning the Southern Challenge race in Marietta, Ga.

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