Oct. 31, 2016
PALOS HILLS — Carl Sandburg College women’s cross country freshman Anastasia Beetler (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg), sophomore Andrea Gordon (Normal, Ill./Normal West) and Shayla Kozak (Normal, Ill./Normal West) qualified for the NJCAA Division I national meet during Saturday’s Region IV championships at Moraine Valley Community College.
Beetler was runner-up to DuPage’s Liz Alcantara by 8 seconds, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 21:23.8. Beetler’s second-place finish matched the Chargers’ best ever at the Region IV meet, joining Haley Bolliger in 2012.
Gordon is headed to nationals for the second straight year after finishing 14th overall and earning the seventh of 15 individual qualifying spots with a time of 22:38.4. She and Beetler also earned All-Region IV honors by placing among the top 15 overall.
Kozak missed making the All-Region team by one spot at 16th overall, but she still qualified for nationals as the ninth individual qualifier with a time of 22:54.6. Like Gordon, she’ll be making her second straight appearances at nationals.
The national meet will take place Nov. 12 at Prairie Trails Golf Course in El Dorado, Kansas.
Sandburg’s women’s squad took third in the team standings with 90 points. The top two teams qualify for nationals. DuPage was first with 30 points, and host Moraine Valley was second with 77 points.
The Chargers’ men’s team placed seventh and was led by freshman Brennan Foley (Galva, Ill./Galva), who was 34th on the 8K course with a time of 32:02.3.
2016 NJCAA Region IV Championships