ANNANDALE – Emily Compton finished second to help lead the Northern Virginia Community College cross country team to its third straight NJCAA Region 20 title. Compton (21 minutes, 54.8 seconds) finished just four seconds behind the winner, Dominique Walker of Harford.
The Nighthawks had five runners in the top 10, and they finished with 24 points, 11 ahead of second place Harford.
Cary Brown's fourth place showing, garnered her an all-region nod, along with Sarah Dierlam, who closed out her morning in fifth. Brown crossed the line in 22:46.70, and Dierlam had a time of 23:07.70.
Also in the top 10 for NOVA was Jenny Lyon (sixth), Katherine Stencavage (seventh) and Lindsey Sowers (ninth). Lyon clocked in at 23:44.60, while Stencavage finished in 24:08.60 and Sowers was 24:45.50.
Karla Evora was the final scorer for the Nighthawks, as the second year runner finished 12th and in 25:23.20.
Rounding out the NOVA runners was Samantha Garica (26:18.50) and Daniela Romero (27:33.00).
With the victory, the Nighthawks earned the right to run in the NJCAA Division I National Championship in El Dorado, Kan., Saturday Nov. 12.