Athwal breaks school mark, finishes sixth

Athwal breaks school mark, finishes sixth

GREENSBORO, N.C. – With her sixth-place finish overall, Kmaljeet Athwal helped the Northern Virginia Community College cross country team to a second place showing at the 5K Hagan Stone Classic Saturday morning.

The Nighthawks had 36 points and finished 14 points behind first place NCAA Division II Catawba, who also had the individual winner. NOVA finished first in its division, eight points ahead of D-III Southern Virginia.  

Athwal's time of 20 minutes, 19.72 seconds broke the school record of 20:55, which was set in 2015 by Alyssa Johnson. The Leesburg, Va., native had her second top 10 finish of the season and owns the 5K and 6K record at NOVA.

Two other Nighthawks also closed out their run in the top 20, as Abby Collins and Emily Compton finished 18th and 19th respectively. Collins crossed the line in 22:00.73, while Compton ended her day in 22:08.74.

Sarah Dierlam, meanwhile, set a personal best time Saturday when she clocked in at 22:39.85, which is also good for eighth all-time in the NOVA record books.

Rounding out the NOVA runners were Berith Austin (25:39.32), Margaret Vera (26:04.04) and Meili Wood (27:17.96), who finished in the top 50. Austin and Vera were 44th and 45th, while Wood finished in 48th place.