October 12, 2012

Bobcats place second among non-NCAA I teams at Blue Ridge Open

BOONE, N.C. --- Sophomore Emily Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) posted the best finish of any NCAA Division II runner, coming in 45th overall to lead the Lees-McRae College women's cross country team to a strong performance at Appalachian State University's Blue Ridge Open on Friday afternoon.

Emily Shields paced the Bobcats with a season-best time of 19:27.24, finishing 45th overall as her twin sister Katherine Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) posted the fourth-lowest mark of any non-NCAA Division I runner, placing 63rd with a time of 19:53.04. Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) came in 98th with a mark of 21:23.34, as Rayne Delutis (Christiansburg, Va.) placed 118th with a time of 25:26.23. Sarah Monday (Lexington, N.C.) rounded out the scorers for the Bobcats in 121st.

Wake Forest University took the team title with 44 points, followed by Belmont University (78) and High Point University (94), as host Appalachian State and Virginia Military Institute tied for fourth with 115 points. Milligan College paced all non-NCAA Division I teams in ninth overall with 284 points, as Lees-McRae placed 13th overall with 349 markers.

Lees-McRae returns to the trails on Friday, October 19 when the Bobcats travel to Concord, N.C. to participate in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Championships.

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