Women's Cross Country

Shields twins pace Bobcats to ninth-place performance at Southeast Regionals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Freshman Emily Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) finished 10th, and her twin sister Katherine Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) placed 15th to lead the Lees-McRae College women's cross country team to a ninth-place performance at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship on Saturday at McApline Park.

Queens University of Charlotte took the team title with 39 points, beating out second-place University of Montevallo (140) by more than 100 markers. Mount Olive College finished third with 145 points, while King College and Anderson University rounded out the top five with 168 and 194 markers, respectively. Anderson University finished sixth with 194 points, followed by Augusta State University (203), Clayton State University (218), University of North Carolina at Pembroke (234), Lees-McRae (240), and Lenoir-Rhyne University (243).

Emily Shields turned in a time of 22:26.5, and Katherine Shields posted a mark of 22:46.3, as each earned all-region honors for the first time in their careers. Freshman Audrey Garrett (Weaverville, N.C.) finished 40th with a time of 23:46.0, while Crystal Fischer (Greer, S.C.) and Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) placed 83rd and 100th, respectively.

"This was a true team effort," said head coach Thomas Cason. "I am proud of this team, and it is a great day to be a Bobcat!"

Lees-McRae is expected to return seven letter-winners from this year's squad, including rising seniors Lindsey Bush (Catawba, N.C.) and Lehner.

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