ATLANTA — Following their victory at the Sun Belt Championship this past weekend, the Georgia State women’s cross country team jumped four spots to the No. 8 ranking in the South Region, according to the latest USTFCCCA weekly poll.

The Panthers were ranked as high as ninth during the course of the season before falling to 12th in the last poll. GSU started the season at No. 14 in the South Region.

Competing in their first Sun Belt Championship in Bowling Green, Ky., the Panthers edged out Arkansas State by a score of 52-58. This was GSU’s first cross country conference title since the men’s team won the TAAC back in 2001.

Arkansas State also moved up a single place in the South Central Region from No. 10 to the ninth spot. The Red Wolves are the only other Sun Belt women’s team in the USTFCCCA rankings.

Senior Katharine Showalter was named the Sun Belt women’s Runner of the Year after finishing in first place at the meet. Four Panthers including Showalter earned All-Conference honors at the meet.

Georgia State will look to close out the 2012 season on a strong note as they compete in the NCAA South Region meet on Friday, Nov. 9 in Tallahassee, Fla.