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Roberts runs personal best to earn 2nd team all conference

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Harding University placed all seven of its runners in the top 20 to win the inaugural Great American Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship and helping the cause was Guthrie alum Rachel Roberts.

Rachel Roberts 2010 Guthrie alum

Roberts, a 2010 Guthrie alum, ran a personal best 19:06 in the 5k race by knocking off 36 seconds. In the process, Roberts was named to the 2011 All-GAC Women’s Cross Country 2nd Team.

Harding hosted and won the inaugural GAC women’s cross country championship and captured four first team All-GAC selections and three-second team selections.

Next up for Roberts and the 13th ranked Lady Bison will be a trip to Fort Falls, Texas for the NCAA South Central Region Championships as the No. 2 overall seed in the field. A top two finish in the regional and the Lady Bison will qualify for the NCAA National Championships in Spokane, Wa.

Roberts was named to The Oklahoman and Jim Thorpe Association’s Scholar Athlete’s of 2010. She was a State champion in the 1,600 meters her freshmen year at Guthrie High School. Roberts placed in the top five at state five other times in 1,600 and 3,200. First-team Big All-City as a freshman, honorable mention twice. Four-time state qualifier in cross country. First-team All-City as a sophomore, honorable mention twice.

Roberts piled up a grade point average of 4.0 and scored a 27 on her ACT. Her high school academics resulted in being selected to the National Honor Society. In addition she was the Senior class president, a National Art Honor Society, and earned the Masonic Academic Excellence Award.

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