Athwal wins region championship

Athwal wins region championship

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. – Kmaljeet Athwal was the individual champion at the 5K 2018 NJCAA Region 20 Championship Saturday morning to help the Northern Virginia Community College cross country team to a second-place finish.

The Nighthawks finished with 32 points, while first place Harford won the region title with 23 points.

Athwal became the first NOVA student-athlete to win an individual championship, as she crossed the line in 21 minutes, 14.60 seconds. The Leesburg, Va., native was 14 seconds ahead of second place Hyunsun Reilly (21:28.30) from Harford.

The next Nighthawk to cross the line was Ashlianne Shigley, who finished ninth with a time of 24:46.90. Berith Austin, meanwhile, placed 13th as she closed out her NOVA career in a time of 25:26.60.

Wrapping up the NOVA runners was Dana Fusco (29:29.50) and Lauren Proctor (34.25.00), who finished 21st and 26th respectively.