SEARCY, Ark. (HU) – Two of the top four women's cross country teams in the NCAA Division II South Region tied for the team championship Saturday at the Bison Stampede.
Harding, the No. 2 team in the region, and Arkansas Tech, the No. 4 team in the region, tied for first place with 29 points each. Henderson State and Arkansas-Monticello tied for third place with 89 points, and Southern Arkansas was fifth with 123.
Arkansas Tech's Cheryl Nolan won the individual championship, finishing the two-mile race in 11 minutes, 43.86 seconds. Harding runners took the next three spots, with Naomi Landecker second (11:55.28), Gladys Kimtai third (12:14.32) and Rysper Sirma fourth (12:21.80).
Harding's fourth runner was freshman Hannah Schliffka, who placed ninth in 13:22.27. Laura Lovett, who placed 11th overall in 13:24.43, rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bisons.
Harding ran the race wearing pink shirts in support of breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds from the race went to the family of Lori Newby, the wife of Harding Academy coach Jon Newby, who is currently battling breast cancer.
The Lady Bisons will be in action again next Saturday at the Gulf South Conference Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Harding will be looking for its sixth straight GSC title.