RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Harding) - Led by Great American Conference Runner of the Year Ewa Zaborowska, Harding claimed its second GAC Women's Cross Country Championship in three years on Saturday from the campus of Arkansas Tech University.
Zaborowska won her second-straight GAC Championships individual title as she beat the field by 37 seconds. Her teammate, Dallis Bailey took second and five Lady Bisons finished inside the top nine spots. Freshman Amber Webb took fourth and earned the GAC Freshman of the Year honor.
Southern Arkansas finished second led by Carli Langley's sixth-place showing. Madison Brown, Hannah Raney and Virginia Ney took 10th, 11th and 12th to help the Lady Muleriders score their best showing in the three-year history of the league. After consecutive eighth-place showings, Southeastern Oklahoma State improved to all the way up third place as four freshmen finished in the Savage Storm's top five. Bailee Weger and Haylee Story earned Second-Team All-GAC honors in leading the way for Southeastern.
Defending champion East Central finished fourth, led by the seventh-place showing by Regina Germaine. Host Arkansas Tech came in fifth and Ouachita Baptist took sixth. Golden Sun freshman Laura O'Dowd finished fifth to pace the team. Southwestern Oklahoma State, Henderson State and Arkansas-Monticello rounded out the team standings.
Southern Nazarene and Northwestern Oklahoma State competed as individuals. The Crimson Storm's Megan Johnson improved on her sixth-place showing in 2012 by finishing third.