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Cross Country to Finish Season at NCAA Region Meet

Courtesy: Robert Carnes/Sports Communications
Release: November 07, 2012
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ATLANTA — Riding the momentum of their first Sun Belt championship, the Georgia State cross country program looks to conclude the 2012 season on a strong note at the NCAA South Region meet on Friday, Nov. 9 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Hosted by Florida State University, the women’s 6K race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the men’s 10K race to follow at 9:15 a.m. The meet will be run at Apalachee Regional Park.

The women’s cross country team won the Sun Belt championship on Oct. 27 in Bowling Green, Ky. The Panthers beat out Arkansas State 52-58 for GSU’s first conference title since announcing a move to the league in July.

Five Panthers were named to All-Conference teams, including the 2012 Sun Belt Runner of the Year, Katharine Showalter. Third year head coach Chris England was also named the league Coach of the Year.

“Of course, the Sun Belt Championship was our No. 1 goal this season,” said England. “But we have a number of other goals including a top 10 finish at the NCAA Region meet.”

The women’s team is currently ranked No. 8 in the South Region, after beginning the season at the No. 14.

“We’ve been following the progression of the team over the course of the season,” said England. “It’s exciting to see the team not only be conference champions, but also to be contenders on a bigger scale in the NCAA meet.”

Last season, the GSU women placed 14th out of 27 teams at the Region meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and the men finished 15th of 24. Valentin Poncelet placed 24th overall to earn All-Region honors for the Panthers.

The top two teams of each region move on to the NCAA National Championship in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 17. The top three individuals not on those qualifying teams also earn a trip to the national meet.

Georgia State has had a total of eight individuals qualify for the meet in program history, most recently Janel Blancet in 2009.

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