LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senior Katharine Showalter concluded her collegiate cross country career on Saturday at the NCAA National Championship meet with a 166th place finish in a field of 253 competitors.
Showalter completed the 6K course in a time of 21:13.8 to place in the 65th percentile of the nation's best runners.
The Atlanta native is just the fourth women’s runner from Georgia State to compete at the national level. The best finish for a women’s runner was Jenn Feenstra with a 44th-place finish back in 2001.
Oregon won the women’s team title at the National meet, followed by Providence, Stanford and the NCAA South Regional winners Florida State.
Showalter gradually compiled one of the best seasons in GSU cross country history. The 2012 women’s Sun Belt Runner of the Year, Showalter won the conference meet individual in leading her team to their first Sun Belt conference title.
The senior compiled a number of other awards including an All-Region recognition after finishing 12th at the South Region meet in route to qualifying for the NCAA National meet.
She took first place in a total of five meets during the course of the season and was named the Sun Belt Conference Runner of the Week five times in the process.
The national championship race concludes the cross country season for the Panthers, but the GSU runners return to action for the indoor track and field season on Dec. 1 at the Orange and Purple Winter Classic in Clemson, S.C.