Bobcat Women’s Cross Country Runs to Seventh at NCAA Regional

Sophomore Tessa Allen
Sophomore Tessa Allen

OAKWOOD, Ga. – Placing three runners in the top-35, the Georgia College Women's Cross Country team took seventh place at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship Saturday.

The Bobcats totaled 222 points, just 12 shy of sixth place and Columbus State University.

The GC Women were led by sophomore Tessa Allen (Atlanta), who finished the 6K in 23:45 for 26th place, a personal-best and just three seconds out of All-Region status.

Second on the team and 31st overall among 154 runners was Sydney Brown (Canton) at 24:00, just a second off and one slot behind was junior Rachel Boulineau (Canton).

Junior Maddy Howe (Dacula) finished 63rd in 24:58, and classmate Kaitlyn Griffith (Cumming) closed out the scoring finishes in 70th, crossing the line in 25:09.

Queens University took the team title with 50 points, topping the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) Flagler College by 48. The individual champion was Leah Hanle from the University of Mount Olive.

The race brings a close to the season for Bobcat Women's Cross Country, a year in which they had three top-four finishes, including the team title at the Louisville Classic. Boulineau, Allen and Brown each ran to All-PBC status, while senior Sarah Wilder (Tifton) was the PBC's Elite-15 Award winner for top GPA.

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