WINGATE, N.C. -- Flagler College punched its third ticket, and second in a row, to the NCAA Division II National Championship with a second place finish (100 points) at this morning's NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at the Wingate University cross country facility.
Flagler has finished second in the regional race three times (2013, 2018, and 2019).
Joining the Saints in Sacramento, California (Nov. 23) from the southeast region are Queens University of Charlotte, who topped the 26-team field with 64 points, and Wingate University, which finished third with 135 points.
North Georgia finished fifth with Augusta in sixth, UNC Pembroke eighth, Georgia College 10th, Columbus State 13th, Georgia Southwestern 23rd, Lander 24th and Francis Marion 25th.
Augusta's Micah Weathers finished third overall and was the first PBC runner to cross the line in a time of 21:42.9. Weathers will have to await the release of at-large participants on Monday from the NCAA; only the top two individuals not on an advancing team automatically move on to Sacramento.
Three Saints earned all-region honors by finishing in the top 25. Kayla McManama finished in seventh place with a career-best 6K time of 22:22.6. This was her second all-region accolade. Malia Cryan finished in ninth place with a career-best time of 22:33.3. Finishing in 25th place, grabbing the last all-region slot, was Lucie Kammer with a time of 23:11.5.
Leah Hanle of the University of Mount Olive defended her individual title and topped the 181-woman field with her time of 20:53.0. She punched her ticket to national along with Nicole McMillen of Tusculum College who finished in second place with a time of 21:02.1.
Faith Mark of Flagler finished in 27th place with a time of 23:13.7. Jessie Mescal led a group of three more Saints runners with a time of 23:17.2 to finish in 32nd place. Allison Horwitch finished in 34th place at 23:20.2 and Lindsey Williams finished in 36th place at 23:23.2.
UNC Pembroke's Erman Jepleting was 10th in 22:40.8 while North Georgia's Aleah Johnson was 13th in 22:52.5.
The NCAA Division II national championship cross country meet is Saturday, Nov. 23, in Sacramento, Calif. The meet will be contested on the Arcade Creek Cross Country Course at Haggin Oaks.