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Albany, Ga. – Albany State put together a solid performance at the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship and won the league title on Friday morning at home in Albany, Ga.siacwxc17

The Golden Rams had four runners in the top 10 including Channelle Wong who finished first with a time of 20:02.13 in the 5k race. Last years Women’s Cross Country MVP, Aaliyah Howard (20:21.80), finished second followed by Shanya Washington (20:37.97) and Lauryn Wilson (20:55.85) who were third and fifth respectively. The Golden Rams recorded an average time of 20:45.39 and finished with 26 points.

Albany States’s Kenneth Taylor was named the 2017 SIAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Benedict placed second with a team score of 43 points. The Tigers were led by Becky Dionisio (20:51.22) who finished fourth overall. Pauline Cobb (21:05.09) was seventh, and Lea Tshikaya finished ninth with a time of 21:12.63.

Clark Atlanta seized third place with 99 points and was headed by Tamera Julkes (21:10.46) who finished eighth. KaTara Burks took 13th place with a time of 21:31.45.

Tuskegee finished fourth with a team score of 100 ahead of Claflin (136), Kentucky State (156), Fort Valley State (184), Paine (232), Lane (236), LeMoyne-Owen (272), and Miles (290).

The 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country South Regional Championship is set for November 4 in Lakeland, Fla.

2017 SIAC Women’s Cross Country All-Conference Honors

1. Channelle Wong – Albany State, 20:02.13
2. Aaliyah Howard – Albany State, 20:21.80
3. Shanya Washington – Albany State, 20:37.97
4. Becky Dionisio – Benedict, 20:51.22
5. Lauryn Wilson – Albany State, 20:55.85
6. Kayla Howard – Tuskegee, 21:02.03
7. Pauline Cobb – Benedict, 21:05.09
8. Tamera Julkes – Clark Atlanta, 21:10.46
9. Lea Tshikaya – Benedict, 21:12.63
10. Jamaica Miller – Claflin, 21:15.59

2017 SIAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, Kenneth Taylor

~ TheSIAC.com

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