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Women's Cross Country - Fri, Nov. 21, 2014
  

LAWRENCE, KAN. -- The Lady Skyhawks arrived in Kansas Thursday afternoon as they prepare for the 2014 NAIA Cross Country National Championships.

  

After checking into their hotel, the ladies went out to the legendary Rim Rock Farms course. There are expected to be nearly 360 runners in the 38 team field. Among the 360 runners will be approximately 90 individual qualifiers from universities throughout the country.

 

"It is truly amazing how many talented women's cross country teams there are throughout the country," said head women's cross country coach Michael Caldwell. "This year, 207 NAIA institutions supported a women's cross country team. If we run well on Saturday, we have a shot at being a Top-30 team in the nation."

 

To do this, the Skyhawks will only be running five women opposed to the other 37 teams which will have seven women running the race.

 

"The girls worked really hard to get five individual qualifiers to Nationals," said assistant women's cross county coach Brandon Lundin. "Getting that fifth runner was really important for us as it allows us to score as a team. Our girls are aware that all five need to run well and if they are struggling, there is no one behind them wearing a Point singlet to help them so they will need to challenge themselves."

 

By getting five individuals to qualify for nationals this season, Point University has now sent nine individual women runners to Nationals the past three years more than any school in the nation.

 

"I am really proud of that fact seeing that we have only been a NAIA school for three years and only had a scoring women's team for three years as well," Caldwell said. "We have talented girls but talent only takes you so far, you have to be willing to work hard."

 

Junior, Samantha Greenlee was asked after previewing the course what she thought about the course, "It takes a strong runner to run well on this course and it is at my advantage".

 

The Lady Skyhawks will be in action on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

 

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