JOPLIN, Mo. - RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:
For the third consecutive year, the Pittsburg State University women's cross country program has qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships. On Saturday, the Gorillas placed third among 32 teams at the 2019 Central Regional at Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course to earn a berth to nationals.
Augustana College claimed the women's regional title with a low score of 41 points. The University of Mary was second with 50 points, while Pitt State compiled 185 points to edge Winona State University (190) by five points for the third and final regional qualifier.
Senior Piper Misse raced to a sixth place individual finish in the six kilometer race to pace the Gorillas. She was clocked in 21 minutes, 38.1 seconds. Redshirt junior Cassidy Westhoff placed 14th overall in 21:48.4. Sophomore Hannah Honeyman (33rd, 22:34.4), senior Kari Blattner (48th, 22:49.8) and junior Andrea Chestnut (84th, 23:24.6) round out Pitt State's scored positions.
The Pitt State men completed their season with a ninth place finish at the Central Regionals. The host school, Missouri Southern State University, claimed the regional crown with a low score of 52 points. Northwest Missouri State University (64) and Augustana (76) finished second and third, respectively. Pitt State compiled 254 points.
Sophomore Nathan Jones led Pitt State with a 36th place finish in the 10 kilometer race in 31:53.0. Junior Donte Howard placed 41st overall in 32:00.9 and junior Bryce Grahn placed 47th overall (32:06.8).
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