Cross Country vs. NCAA South Regional
Pack the Long Johns; Wuyke Qualifies for NCAA National Championship
Modified Nov 09, 2013 01:24 PM
Brandon, Fla. – Not many second-year programs have been able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time. Lynn University’s cross country team can now add another accomplishment to its mantle following Gabriella Wuyke’s third place finish at the NCAA South Region Tournament. Wuyke becomes the first runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship, held in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday, November 23.
The top-three teams, Tampa, Alabama-Huntsville and Nova Southeastern, and top-five individuals unassociated with the qualifying teams advance to the national championship.
A senior out of East Lyme, Conn., Wuyke finished the 6k course in a time of 22.50.10, third out of 78 runners but second out of runners from the Sunshine State Conference and first from an unassociated team. She was focused right off the starting gun and came in at 5:41 in her first mile. Wuyke pulled away from the pack in the last mile and over the final ¼ mile distanced herself from the field to punch her ticket to the national championship. Vicky Winslow (22:04.10) from Alabama-Huntsville claimed first place, followed by SSC Runner of the Year Alexandria Palm (22:44.30) of Nova Southeastern.
The Fighting Knights also saw freshman Sarah Northup participate and post a time of 26.38.10. She becomes the second runner in school history to take part in the NCAA Regional. Northup finished 61st overall.
Wuyke’s successes have been well-chronicled during her time with the Blue & White as she is the first runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, first to be a two-time All-SSC selection and two-time All-Region honoree while also holding school-best times in both 5k and 6k.
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