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Rebecca Guadiana (left) and Maegan Garritson (right) in action during AAC Championship Meet, Nov. 5
Women's Cross Country - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016

MONTREAT, N.C. – The Point University women's cross country team placed 8th among 12 colleges and universities at the 2016 Appalachian Athletics  Conference Championships, hosted by Montreat College in Black Mountain, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 5.  A total of 102 runners completed the 5000-meter race and two schools automatically qualified their teams for the NAIA National Championships along with five individual runners.


Point's number finisher in every meet this season, Rebecca Guadiana (JR/Oak View, CA), placed 13th overall with a time of 20:10.5 and qualified for the NAIA National Championships for the third consecutive season.  Guadiana also earned All-Conference second team honors, her second consecutive All-Conference award.  She will represent Point at the NAIA National Championships in Elsah, Illinois, Nov. 19.  Guadiana placed 247th in the 2015 NAIA National Meet with a time of 20:11.4, and 259th in the 2014 meet with a time of 20:42.30.


SCAD-Atlanta placed won the team championship with just 32 points and placed four runners among the top five and its fifth runner in 18th place.  SCAD-Atlanta barely edged out Milligan College, which scored 34 points with five runners in the top 11.  Hannah Segrave from Milligan won the individual championship with a time of 17:53.3 and including SCAD's Greta Van Calcar placed second with a time of 18:12.2.  Tennessee Wesleyan placed third with 79 points, and Reinhardt University (Ga.) and Truett-McConnell University (Ga.) actually tied for fourth with 157 points, but Reinhardt was awarded the higher team placement by a tiebreaker.


Sixth-place Columbia College (S.C.) finished just one point behind Reinhardt and Truett-McConnell with 158 points, and Montreat placed seventh with 165.  Point finished eighth with 220 points, and ninth-place Bryan College (Tenn.) scored 247.  Union College (Ky.) placed tenth with 296, and St. Andrews University (N.C.) was 11th with 301, and Allen was 12th with 387.


The top seven runners from Milligan and SCAD-Atlanta advance to the NAIA Nationals along with the top five individual finishers who are not members of the top two teams.  Becky Guadiana from Point joins individual NAIA qualifiers Ivie Nobles from Truett-McConnell, Leah Chance from Tennessee Wesleyan, Shelby Rensel from Reinhardt, and Hannah Rhodes and Mysteree Bottoroff from Tennessee Wesleyan for the trip to the St. Louis area just before the Thanksgiving holiday.


Representing Point in the conference meet, Rebecca Guadiana placed 13th in the scoring and overall among the 102 runners with a time of 20:10.5, and Maegan Garritson (SR/Fullerton, CA) placed 39th in the scoring and 44th overall with a time of 22:23.7.  Her sister, Shelby Garritson (JR/Fullerton, CA) placed 61st overall and 53rd in the scoring with a time of 23:45.4, and Abby Contreras (JR/Peachtree City, GA) finished 64th overall and 56th in the scoring with a time of 24:12.7.  Rounding out the top five was Ashley Kaeser (FR/Rincon, GA), who placed 67th overall and 59th in the scoring with a season-best time of 24:24.2.


Completing Point's top seven, Abby Alcantara (FR/Opelika, AL) ran 68th overall and 60th in the scoring with a time of 24:27.8, and Lara McCaughey (SR/Peachtree City, GA) finished 80th overall and 66th in the scoring with a time of 26:44.3


Tia Pullens (SR/Augusta, GA) placed 83rd in 27:26.3, a season-best, and Kati Williams (SR/Zebulon, GA) placed 84th overall with a time of 28:12.2.  Kimberly Irvin (SR/Atlanta, GA) finished 93rd overall with a time of 31:34.5.