WINGATE, NC – Georgia College senior Katherine Yost finished in fourth place in the individual standings at the NCAA Cross Country Southeast Regional on Saturday, earning a place in the national championship. North Georgia was fourth in the team standings and may still receive an invitation to the nationals in Evansville, Ind.
Yost takes All-Southeast Region status for the third and final time in her stellar career, and qualifies for the NCAA Finals for the second-straight season. The senior crossed the line in fourth place at 22:11 for the 6K race, the third best time in school history. Yost owns the top-five times in the recordbooks.
The team ran to an eighth-place finish, a three-slot improvement over last year. The Bobcats got 208 team points, just seven behind Flagler College in seventh. The team title went to Queens University from the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). The Bobcats were fourth among PBC schools, behind fourth-place University of North Georgia, Augusta University in sixth and Flagler. The eighth-place finish for the Bobcats is the best since 2009, when Georgia College finished a school-best fourth.
Brittany Truitt finished in seventh place individually to pace the University of North Georgia cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Saturday morning.
UNG had 116 points, finishing just four points behind Mount Olive for third place. Anderson (94) placed second in the meet.
Truitt ran a 22:45, the ninth-best 6k time in program history. With her top-10 finish, Truitt was named a USTFCCCA All-Region runner for the third time in her collegiate career.
Other UNG runners finishing in the top 30 of the 159-runner field were Jenna Sanborn (26th), Makayla Ellis (27th) and Emma Brown (28th).
The Nighthawks will now await the NCAA selections to be released on Monday after 5 p.m. A total of 32 teams and 24 other individuals will earn a spot in the national championship race on November 18 in Evansville, Indiana.
Other PBC schools in action were UNC Pembroke in ninth, Clayton State 11th, Columbus State 13th, Francis Marion 21st and Lander 23rd.