NEW ORLEANS, LA--The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats cross country team maintained its number one ranking in the NCAA Division II regional cross country rankings that were announced by the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association. This is the third week the Lady Bobcats have owned top spot in the southeast region.
The Lady Bobcats, ranked third in the preseason poll, jumped over Conference Carolinas rival Anderson University and Mars Hill College in week one after claiming second place at the Eye Opener Invitational to earn top billing in the southeast. With the top eight runners for Lees-McRae separated by just 1:18 at the Eye Opener, placing 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th respectively in the 165 runner field, the Lady Bobcats have high hopes for this season. Red shirt freshman April Harris (Jonesville, VA) led the pack finishing the 3.1 mile race with a time of 20:13 in her first collegiate meet.
"The leadership and depth of this team has been fun to watch," stated Head Coach Craig McPhail. "They are a couple of the reasons of our rankings thus far as the girls have consistently gotten better and realize how good they could be this year."
The Lady Bobcats will look to maintain their regional ranking this weekend when they make their annual trip to Charleston, SC for the Citadel Invitational this Saturday, September 29th.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: April Harris