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Women's Cross Country - Mon, Nov. 10, 2014

For the first time in school history, an athletic team from Point University will be competing at an NAIA National Championship.


"This is a proud day for anyone who is affiliated with Point University," said head women's cross country coach Michael Caldwell. "Our runners receive so much support from our administration, professors, faculty members, trainers, students and coaches of other sports. I could not be more proud of the 14 girls who worked so hard to achieve this goal. This is our third year at the NAIA level and we have always sent individuals to nationals but from day one, we wanted to send a team. In our preseason meeting, I told the girls, regardless of what you do, you have to have a goal, a plan and then you have to work as hard as you can to achieve your goal. These 14 girls put in the work."


The Point women finished No. 3 out of 12 teams scoring at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships. Milligan claimed their 12th straight AAC Championship with Tennessee Wesleyan finishing as the runner up. The Top-6 runners not on the first and second place team earn an individual qualifier birth to nationals. Point University claimed five of those six births (Columbia secured the other birth). By claiming five individual births, Point University will be a scoring team at Nationals.


Junior, Samantha Greenlee (JR/Port Richey, Fla.) led the women and was the 9th overall finisher in the race to secure First-Team All-AAC honors.


"I am so proud of Samantha," Caldwell said. "She has worked so hard this year and has been very consistent all year long. With Samantha, you know what you are going to get as she has not ran a bad race all season long."


Rounding out the Top-5 for the Skyhawks was Alycea Heredia (FR/Orcutt, Calif.), Rebecca Guadiana, Haley Johnson (FR/Douglasville, Ga.) and Savanah Hanna (JR/Alexander City, Ala. ). With their efforts, Heredia, Guadiana and Johnson were all named to the All-Freshmen team.


"I feel really good about these five going to nationals and representing us," Caldwell said. "All five of them laid it on the line Saturday and were rewarded with a birth to nationals. Maybe the most exciting thing is, all five will be back next year as they are all underclassmen."


Wrapping up their Point University cross country careers were seniors Katie Crumbley (SR/McDonough, Ga. ) (captain), Esther Estrada (SR/Nogales, Ariz.) and Jacqueline Escobedo (SR/Anaheim, Calif.).


"Those three young ladies were amazing to have in our program," Caldwell said. "I hope to build something really special at Point and those three will always be the foundation of what we started."


Congratulations on a terrific season go to the other team members which include: Maegan Garritson (JR/Fullerton, Calif.), Shelby Garritson, Tia Pullens, Christina Askew (FR/Powder Springs, Ga.), Kati Williams (SO/Zebulon, Ga.) and Allison Mangham (JR/Molena, Ga.).


The Lady Skyhawks will be leaving Thursday, Nov. 20 for the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the historic Rim Rock course home of the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.


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