Palm Beach Atlantic University junior Meghan Gilmore claimed a national women's cross-country title while her team improved to a fourth-place team finish during the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Women's Cross Country Championship last week in Cedarville, Ohio.
|Meghan Gilmore (from left) poses with PBA Associate Athletic Director Chi Ly and teammates Katherine Harvey and Victoria Cabrera after the NCCAA Championship.|
A former University of Georgia women's soccer player, Gilmore has transformed herself into one of the top long distance runners in all of NCAA Division II. Gilmore finished with a time of 17:33 for the women's 5,000 meters, which according to Cedarville records, is the seventh fastest time ever run at Cedarville University's Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. Runners from NCAA Division I institutions recorded the six faster times.
Gilmore finished nearly a minute ahead of her closest competitor of the day, Indiana Wesleyan University's Cassidy Wagner, who completed the course in a time of 18:26.
The weather was perfect and the course was great, said Gilmore after the race.
To have the guys' team along with Coach Christy (Rife) and Coach (Chi) Ly cheering us on is the ultimate feeling in the world as I feel so blessed to be at a place like PBA, Gilmore said.
I'm excited for NCAA regionals next weekend as I continue to try and improve my pace."
Gilmore will travel to Huntsville, Ala., on Friday to compete at the NCAA South Region race. A top-five finish in the 6,000 meter race will land Gilmore a spot at the NCAA Division II National Championships the following weekend.
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