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Women's Cross Country - Tue, Nov. 6, 2012


In their first season scoring as a team, the Lady Skyhawks of Point University finished second in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) among the nine teams representing the conference. In addition to the second-place team finish, Point runners received numerous individual honors. Junior Susana Marquez (Garden Grove, Calif.) (19:46 and 6th overall), who finished a mere six seconds behind the winner, was named all-conference and earned the right to represent Point in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Wash. 

"During the recruiting process, the first conversation I ever had with Susie was centered on her having an opportunity to go to nationals and compete for an individual conference championship. Susie ran hard but conservative in order to fulfill her goal of going to nationals, once the race developed and she knew she was on her way, she picked up her pace and gained ground on the leaders but she ran out of real estate," commented Coach Caldwell. 

"My goal going into this race was to go to nationals. I did not want it to come down to a sprint so I decided to start off fast and if someone was going to beat me, they were going to have to beat me in a 5000-meter race, not a sprint. After completing this race I was glad I made that decision because it gave me the spot to nationals along with my teammate Paola Gonzalez," stated Susana Marquez (Pictured Below).

Finishing behind Marquez, was junior Paola Gonzalez (Lancaster, Calif.) (20:03 and 8th overall) who earned her all-conference as well as a birth to Vancouver, Wash., for the NAIA Championships. After the race, Coach Caldwell commented on Paola's accomplishment. "Paola put a lot of pressure on herself to make nationals as she ran an emotional race. She competed for 20 minutes and I am so proud of her effort today."

"Running this race was probably the hardest part of my running career this far. It was a race that I had trained for all season, and I had to battle against myself more than anything because I knew where I wanted to go, Nationals. Seeing Susie push herself as the race progressed made me push myself because I knew I could not let her down, since we both looked forward to Nationals since before the season started," commented Gonzalez.

The Skyhawks next three finishers were all freshman and all three of them were selected to the AAC All-Freshman Team. Savannah Hanna (Alexander City, Ala.) (20:26 and 14th overall) was the third Skyhawk to finish. "Savannah has so much talent and we are so blessed to have her on our team. Her time would have qualified her to nationals in 2011 by almost 30 seconds but the addition of Point and two other teams to the conference has made qualifying very difficult," stated Coach Caldwell. 

The remaining Point runners on the all-conference freshman team were Riley Morrison (Rincon, Ga.) (21:37 and 20th overall) and Victoria Perez (Decatur, Ga.) (22:07 and 24th overall). Rounding out the finishers for the Skyhawks was Sophomore Katie Crumbley (McDonough, Ga.)  (25:58 and 38th overall) and senior captain Tori Linder (Dacula, Ga.) (26:13 and 40th overall). "Tori has been a leader on this team all fall and she will be missed. She is a young lady with high morals and will be a success in whatever she attempts to do," commented Coach Caldwell.


2012 Appalachian Athletic Conference Results Women's Cross Country

1. Milligan College - 15 points
2. Point University - 58 points
3. SCAD Atlanta - 79 points
4. Tennessee Wesleyan University - 85 points
5. Montreat College - 132 points
6. Reinhardt University - 149 points
* Bryan
* Union
* St. Andrews

* Had runners represent their school but not enough to score as a team

 
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