The Paradise Valley Women’s Cross Country team earned a 14th place finish at the NJCAA Cross Country National Championship meet this past weekend at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City, KS. Competing in harsh conditions, the Pumas stayed the course and gave a solid performance to end the 2018 season.
“Our women gave us a good, strong performance,” stated Coach David Barney. “None of these women had ever run in a national championship race, the conditions were tough, one of our top girls is dealing with a bad injury, and we still placed 14th out of 39 teams,” exclaimed Barney, “I’m very proud of them!”
The top finisher for PV was freshman Mikaila Lockhart who placed 61st overall out of 294 runners, with a time of 21:11 on the windy, hilly, 5000m course. Next in for the Pumas was freshman Taylore Lowry in 76th (21:24), followed by sophomore Danah Smith in 85th (21:31), freshman Jacqueline Dinauer in 119th (22:00), freshman Nalia Ramirez in 124th (22:01), freshman Brandy Moreno in 126th (22:07), and sophomore Lacey Fron in 233rd (24:13).
Everlyn Kemboi of El Paso Community College won the women’s individual title, and Iowa Central Community College won the team title.