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Scotties Finish Season Strong at NCAA Regionals

Scotties Finish Season Strong at NCAA Regionals

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Agnes Scott cross country closed out its season with a 31st place finish at the 2019 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships hosted by Rhodes College on Saturday morning. First-year Monica Neely (Columbus, Ga.) smashed her personal record in the 6K event, shaving 35 seconds off a previous best set at the USA South Championships just two weeks ago.

The Scotties were the seventh-best USA South institution at the event, which is exactly where the program finished at the 2019 conference race.

"I'm beyond happy with how this team performed today, and how they have performed all season long," said second-year head coach Molly Carl. "This team is young, and for most this is their first year ever competing on a collegiate team. They deserve those big PR's and should feel really confident in what they've accomplished as both individuals and as a team."

Neely overcame difficult racing conditions to breeze past her previous best time of 26:30 posted at the USA South event. The first-year's cleared her goal of under 26 minutes, coming in at 25:55.4 which was good enough for 152nd in the crowded race.

Classmate Haeden Fura (Winder, Ga.) also crushed a previous personal record by taking 41 seconds off a 28:28 finish at the USA South Championships. Fura came in 197th overall with a final time of 27:47.

Andrea Barron (Chicago, Ill.) moved up in the scoring lineup as the third Scottie to cross the end line, finishing just six spots behind Fura with a time of 28:19.5. Sophomores Arin Yost (Houston, Texas) and Isabel Gaspar (Chicago, Ill.) completed the Scotties' scoring in 209th and 212nd respectively.

"We are all enjoying this great 'end of season' high but we're already looking towards next year and hungry for even more success," added Carl.