ATLANTA — Georgia State senior cross country runner Katharine Showalter was chosen as an at-large runner for the NCAA National Cross Country Championship Meet, the NCAA announced Friday.

Showalter joins the NCAA Championship field that includes 31 teams and 38 individual runners. The race takes place on Nov. 17 in Louisville at Tom Sawyer State Park with a noon start time.

The Atlanta native won the individual Sun Belt championship in leading the team to the Sun Belt title. Showalter won six total races on the 2012 season. She finished 12th at the NCAA South Regional Meet.

Showalter is the fourth GSU female to earn the NCAA bid and the first since Janel Blancett in 2009.  Previously, Rachel Hannah earned a spot in 2007 and Jenn Feenstra was chosen in 2001. The highest finish was 44th by Feenstra and 47th by Blancett, so Showalter will try to best those finishes for a school record.

All told, GSU cross country has had nine competitors now in the NCAA Championship, five men and now four women.

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