Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) defended their state/regional title as National Junior College Athletic Association/Florida College System Activities Association (NJCAA/FCSAA) Region 8 Women’s Cross Country Champions in Tallahassee on Saturday, October 28. Freshman Quincy Mayer took second place with a time of 20:24 at the Apalachee Regional Park course. Sophomore Kylyn Burbine (4th/20:50) and freshman Lauren Hale (5th/21:27) joined Mayer on the FCSAA/NJCAA All-Region/All-State team.

Also placing in the top 10 were PHSC sophomore Annaliese Besaw (8th/ 22:25), and freshmen Skylen Acuna (6th/21:39) and Montana Gottman (10th/22.33).

“We went into the meet with a goal in mind but I knew the team would have to give it their very best. I am proud of their determination,” said Jacki Wachtel, PHSC women’s cross country head coach and 2017 Women’s Cross Country Region 8 Coach of the Year.

PHSC finished first with a team score of 25 points. South Florida State College finished second with 67 points followed by Tallahassee Community College (69), State College at Jacksonville (86), and Chipola College (123).

The PHSC cross country team will be running in the NJCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 11 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. For more information about PHSC athletics, visit