WINCHESTER, Va. - The UT Tyler women finished 13th at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Kernstown Battlefield.

Brittany Brunson, a senior from Austin, led the Patriots with a time of 24 minutes and 37 seconds on the 6K (3.73 mile) course.

Brunson, who won the American Southwest Conference Championship two weeks ago, finished the race in 63rd place and was just ahead of sophomore Krista Painter who ran a 24:46 and finished 67th at the regional meet which consisted of 200 runners.

Bethany Cox ran a 24:56 to for 74th, Lauren Halliday a 25:09 for 87th and Rachel Willis was 93rd after crossing the line in a time of 25:12. Holly Nohavitza (25:38) and Paige Maly (25:53) rounded out the team of seven for the Patriots who completed their season with five team titles, including their third straight ASC Championship.

“All the girls competed hard today,” UT Tyler coach Grant Spencer said. “The second half of the season was tough with us running this super hilly course twice and in the mud at conference. I am very proud of our team this year for the way they prepared over the summer and for their team unity all season. We will miss Brittany and Paige next year. A coach couldn’t ask for better student-athletes than those two. They have given so much to this team.”

UT Tyler competed in the program’s sixth NCAA Regional Championship meet and had its third best finish at the even. Emory (Georgia) won the regional title with Washington & Lee (Virginia) finishing second and Rhodes (Tennessee) coming in third. Elise Viox (Emory) earned the regional championship by running a 22:05, finishing just ahead of her teammate Hannah Chappell-Dick who was the region’s runner-up with a 22:15.

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