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Women's cross country runner qualifies for NCAAs


Hamilton College's Lainie Smith '16 (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley Senior HS) has qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships.

2014 NCAA Qualifiers

The event will be held at the Golf Center at King's Island in Mason, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The women's race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

Qualifying teams and individuals for the NCAA championships are based on performance at the NCAA regional championships, which were held on Nov. 15. Smith was one of the first seven finishers at the Atlantic Regional championships who was not part of a qualifying team.

Smith finished in 13th place out of 272 runners and earned all-region honors with a personal-record time of 22:01.5 on the 6-kilometer course. The top 35 finishers make the all-region team. Smith is the third different Hamilton woman to qualify for the NCAA cross country championships in the past two years.

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