ATLANTA, Ga. — Out of 184 competitors at the women's cross country South/Southeast Regional hosted by Emory, seniors Molly Ortiz (Ketchikan, Alaska/Ketchikan) and Lauren Schultz (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) finished in the Top 9 and qualified for the NCAA Championship. The Generals took fourth out of 26 teams with the top two squads earning bids to the NCAA Championship.
Trinity (Texas) took first with 39 points, Emory claimed second (132 points), Centre finished third (242) and W&L totaled 151 points for fourth.
Ortiz crossed the finish line in 23:07 for eighth, and Schultz was right on her heels in ninth at 23:08. Ortiz and Schultz made the NCAA tournament because they finished as one of the the Top 7 individuals not on an advancing team.
Junior Annelise Madison (Roca, Neb./Norris) finished 25th in 23:42 and earned all-region honors as the top 35 runners garnered the recognition. Just missing out on all-region was sophomore Casey Mackintosh (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) who placed 36th with a time of 24:04. First-year Rachel Solomon (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) rounded out the scoring for the Generals in 80th at 25:15.
Schultz qualified for the NCAA Championship last year, and this is the first time W&L has had two runners compete at the event since Elizabeth Webb and Jessica Shaw in 2008.
The NCAA Championship takes place on November 17 at Terre Haute, Ind.
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