Gogniat helps Emory CC squad earn spot at national meet
The Emory College women’s cross country team recorded a first-place finish in a field of 29 teams at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championships on Saturday.
By virtue of its finish, the squad earned an automatic berth to this weekend’s NCAA Championships in Mason, Ohio.
Gateway graduate Marissa Gogniat, a senior for the Eagles, came through with a big effort as she ran a personal-best 6K time of 22:40, ranking second on the team and eighth overall.
Gogniat was among five Emory runners who captured all-regional accolades.
The victory marked the 18th time in the past 24 seasons that the Eagles had claimed the South/Southeast Regional title. Emory finished 63 points ahead of its closest competitor, Christopher Newport.
The top two teams from the eight regional championships across the country earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.
Briley earns academic, athletic honors
Allie Briley, a Gateway graduate and sophomore on Delaware’s Wilmington College Division II women’s volleyball team, earned the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Top-XV Award for academic excellence among the teams that reached the conference’s tournament semifinals.
Briley, who also garnered Second Team All-CACC honors for her offensive efforts on the volleyball court this season, holds a 4.0 grade-point average as a business management major.
The Top-XV award mirrors the NCAA Elite 89 Award in which the top student-athletes, with the student aspect honored, among the final four teams left in the NCAA Tournament are recognized for their achievement in the classroom.
Wilmington earned the conference tournament’s No. 2 seed from the South Division after a 15-4 CACC regular-season record and a share of the division’s regular-season title. The Wildcats swept through the quarterfinals before falling to Caldwell (N.J.), the North Division No. 1 seed, in the semifinals.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].