Women’s Cross Country Qualifies for National Championships


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Behind a trio of All-Region performances, the Fort Hays State women’s cross country earned a spot in the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Central Region Championships Saturday morning (Nov. 5). The Tigers finished with 143 points, 33 clear of fifth place Pittsburg State. 32 teams and 211 individuals participated in the festivities, hosted by Augustana University at Yankton Trail Park.

Shea Bonine led the Tigers to the line, earning All-Region honors completing the six-kilometer course in 20:56.48, good for eighth place. Sophie Dalmasso (15th, 21:25.89) and Micki Krzesinski (24th, 21:32.81) also picked up All-Region accolades. Chelsea Jackson crossed the line in 22:05.9 to finish 45th with Yessenia Gonzales rounding out the scoring for FHSU in 55th (22:18.39).

The University of Mary captured the team title with just 60 points, placing all five runners in the top 26. Alexis Zeis of the Mauraders was the first runner to cross the line in 19:43.84.

The team will now travel to St. Leo, Fla. for the National Championships in two weeks, Saturday, November 19. The six-kilometer race is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. ET (8:45 a.m. CT).

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