Rampf captures South Region title; women’s XC headed to nationals

Rampf captures South Region title; women’s XC headed to nationals

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo junior Colett Rampf claimed her second straight South Region individual cross country championship during Saturday's NCAA Division II South Region Cross Country Championship at The Abbey Course at Saint Leo.

Rampf's win propelled the Lions to a second-place finish out of 17 teams, and earned Saint Leo a berth in the national championship meet. The NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be held in two weeks, on Saturday, Nov. 19, at The Abbey Course.

Rampf completed the 6K course in 21:54.58, with a 32.6 second gap between herself and the second-place finish, Palm Beach Atlantic's Camryn Rickenbach. Rickenbach was second with a time of 22:27.19.

Altogether, Saint Leo placed four finishers among the top 20.

Joining Rampf were sophomore Alyssa Bayliff in second place, with a time of 22:38.61. Sophomore Laura Tobin was 13th after crossing the line in 23:01.71, and junior Lauren Csubak placed 15th overall with a time of 23:08.57.

Rampf, Bayliff, Tobin, and Csubak all earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-South Region honors by virtue of their finish among the top 25.

Rounding out the list of scoring runners for Saint Leo was senior Natalie McCormick, who ran a time of 24:46.88 and was 61st overall, 59th in points.

Freshman Fatima Abu-Rumman (25:04.29, 68th overall/66th in points) and sophomore Noemi Anaya (25:40.13, 83rd overall/81st in points) were pushers for Saint Leo in the points standings.

"Our women were tough today and ran with passion and confidence. We had a few "off" performances, but nothing that we will not be able to fix in two weeks. I'm excited to get back to practice and get our team ready," said Kent Reiber, Saint Leo head men's and women's cross country coach.

The University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras captured the South Region team championship with 75 points, with Saint Leo finishing second in the standings with 95 points. Lee University (Tenn.) was third with 118 points. All three programs will now advance to the national championship meet on November 19.

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