After finishing second at the Peach Belt Conference championship race and successful bid with the NCAA, the University of North Georgia’s cross country team will host the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, starting with the men’s race at 9 a.m. Saturday, at the school’s Gainesville campus. It marks the first time Hall County has hosted an NCAA postseason event.
North Georgia will run in the women’s 6,000-meter race at 10:15 a.m.
The announcement came following a successful bid by North Georgia to the NCAA.
“North Georgia is honored to receive the hosting bid, as it allows us to showcase our Gainesville Campus and the collaborative effort that our team will put forward to give the student-athletes the best possible championship experience,” North Georgia athletics director Lindsay Reeves said.
This marks North Georgia’s 10th regional appearance and seeks its second trip to the national championship race.
At the conference meet, Aleah Johnson took fourth place with a time of 18-minutes, 40-seconds, while Bree Hammond finished sixth (18:51).
Johnson’s best mark this season came with her third-place spot at the Augusta University Jaguar Invitational on Sept. 22.
North Georgia previously took part in the national championship race in 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Compiled by Diana Lewis